What does it mean to read?When you think about it it's a big question. It denotes an action. An action to do what? Maybe in it's own way reading is an act that can change the world in some small way. Reading forces us into attentiveness; to keep a sense of the mind working at full attention and to mobilize our thoughts, emotions, and imaginations into a sensible order.It's been said that reading is a passport into the imagination. It allows us to reach a parallel reality where the soul can travel freely and invent new things along the way. I take umbrage with the term passport. Why a passport? Isn't a passport a sort of permission slip to travel? Since when does anyone need a passport to read or use an imagination to bring forth new ideas into the world at large.Language on the page can stand for an allegory on the making of the universe around us. A composed creation that opens the door for others to enter if they so choose. Making the universe a bigger place just by sharing this 'language' amongst ourselves. Learning to write and read the descriptions within the indescribable using exciting words, signs, and images is what keeps a good reader coming back for more. Like tending a giant collective garden one part at a time. Each writer doing their part to bring the reader into a larger universe.Reading gives people the intimate contact needed to convey the text to the mind. It's an art form that gives authors and readers a place to commune and learn from each other. It can let in light to relieve a troubled soul.