Was reading a poem to sixth graders and in it there was a single word in a line: Bare. A question was asked why the poet shortened the line and reduced it to a single word. The replies I got were amazing. One student remarked: the poet wanted to be bare. Another remarked the poet is stingy in using words. Yet, another one remarked: the poet had very little ink. The question is a subjective one and I lauded all the students for their originality. It’s amazing on how minds work on interpretations. Yes, to read a text is to kill the author as Roland Barthes has said.