If you could choose but one book for all time
Would it be one of poetry, one of rhyme?
Maybe the sacred words of salvation and grace
Of how Jesus died, our sins to erase
Perhaps O'Henry or Dickens, stories told with delight
Even back in times by candlelight
A romance novel to dream of love?
A dictionary, with every word you can think of
Maybe a space fantasy traveling to parts unknown
Or a world history book explaining things already done
Thinking of just one lonely book left to charm
After our world succumbed to great harm
Makes me think I should brush the dust off a cover
And visit these many people and places of wonder