how many others are reading
this same book as me?
at the same time, even
how many are likely to be on
the same exact page?
reading the same line, perhaps
coming to a pause at a semicolon
simultaneously as I do
and as I think about this
I realize I’ll have to reread this page
starting at the top
or up a few paragraphs,
repeating a few lines of clever dialogue
one character says to the other:
“I haven’t seen you here before.”
“Oh, sure. I wander in from time to time, when I’m lonely.”