The Man Who Ate Dictionaries

Once started, he couldn't stop.
There were many more words that he'd ever thought possible,
and many more dictionaries.

Their paper varied from chewy
to ink-flavoured to newspaper-thin
but it was the words that really mattered,

apricity being the warmth of winter sunlight.
Natiform he hoped his skull was not.
He was not a know-all, an insufferable philodox

but a connoisseur, a gourmet.
He tasted words,
he feasted on words,

each word tasting better than swordfish
or loganberries, an exquisite, short-lived,
rare satisfaction.

Sheila Hamilton

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