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They stand, silently, shoulder to shoulder, upright, save one at the end, leather bound who slouches, James Dean fashion. Six with blue covers, gold blocked, uniform, like Trumpton Firemen. All wear their heart on their sleeve, honest and trustworthy, patiently waiting to be picked by my mood. A tome selected, opened, the smell of old paper, as if it had been holding its breath. Whispered greetings as the leaves turn, flickering candlelight warms the words, and in my mind they dance.

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Date: 12/7/2018 2:57:00 AM
Fantastic let us hope enough keep reading so it you don't have to write a Eulogy. Our first grandchild expected in February. Our daughter has collection of best loved children's stories ready and we have a collection of dog eared ones. Have you watched Lady from Scotland reading NZ children's book Wonky Donkey to her grandchildren on YouTube. Book now ww hit and sales are up. Regards David in NZ
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Date: 12/5/2018 8:31:00 PM
Hello Viv Wigley, I love books to read. Reading books can bring you on a jurney with words. I like this poem. have a nice evening my friend.
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Date: 12/5/2018 8:28:00 PM
Books are necessities, great poem Viv!
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Date: 11/28/2018 3:55:00 AM
Loved your poem .The sound of paper form an old book,the feel of holding it,just wonderful.have a great day!
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Date: 11/15/2018 12:03:00 AM
Love this, books!!!! who wouldn't?
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Date: 11/14/2018 5:54:00 PM
G'day Viv … so good this verse Viv. A book can take you into a place that makes it very hard to put the book down. I truly enjoyed this verse Viv - Lindsay
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Date: 11/12/2018 5:44:00 PM
and your writing is supreme NOT just with humor but with numerous themes such as THIS delight!! Love that final line.
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Date: 11/10/2018 11:23:00 AM
I love books and I love this poem. Really grabs you and reminds one of the days when holding a cherished book took us away into another time and place. FAVED!
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Date: 11/8/2018 4:38:00 PM
Gotta fav his great poem, I love books my library is now well over 3,000 books. Ive been collecting 46 years now.. A fav my friend..
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Date: 11/6/2018 3:53:00 PM
You make those books come alive with this wonderful poem, Viv! Loved this. :)
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Date: 11/5/2018 6:06:00 PM
I love this tribute to a true book you can hold in your hands, mark with beloved book markers or highlight favorite lines. Kindle can't compare. Your words speak to me of familiar friends that sit on a shelf and call to me at times to reread what may have been forgotten, but still valued like the first time read. I feel the same. This little gem is going into my faves Viv! : ) xxoo
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Date: 11/5/2018 3:09:00 PM
Viv, where it's at! I wrote a sonnet that could sister with this called Lonely Libraries--it breathes the same emotions - love "the smell of old paper"
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Date: 11/4/2018 11:13:00 AM
I confess I've been dabbling in ebooks lately, but, I unashamedly admit that nothing can, as Jan comments, compare to the feel of a hardcover in my hands. Wonderful imagery, Viv.
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Date: 11/4/2018 9:29:00 AM
A lovely poem and tribute, Viv.
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Date: 11/4/2018 6:31:00 AM
I won't get a kindle - there is nothing like turning over the pages in a good book. I especially love your vivid description - this line 'Six with blue covers, gold blocked, uniform, like Trumpton Firemen.' sure bought back some memories too lol:-) hugs jan
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Viv Wigley
Date: 11/4/2018 7:03:00 AM
Thanks, Jan. I love bookshops- the smell, the peace, and everyone I meet in there, customers or staff, are passionate about books, and generally lovely. Viv x
Date: 11/4/2018 3:44:00 AM
In this modern age of e.books, there is nothing like a good old fashioned book with it's diststinctive smell. Love the James Dean reference. Tom.
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Viv Wigley
Date: 11/4/2018 7:03:00 AM
Thanks, Tom, I love proper books, I've de-cluttered down to about 500 now. Regards, Viv