61. The writer

Before he writes a book
He reads ten books
Written by others.

After he has written his book
He stops reading altogether
Books written by others.

He reads and reads and reads
His book until he empties
His appreciation-mountain,
Admiration-ocean, adoration-moon
On his beloved creation-son,
A mere book.
Sri Chinmoy, The Wings of Light, part 2, Aum Press, Puerto Rico, 1974