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In a Used Book Store

The other day, in a new town and with some time to kill, I wandered into a used book store. It smelled wonderful.. dusty and well loved. The proprietor was more than happy to lead me to the poetry corner, and a corner it was..snug and cozy, with an entire wall of old books. In heaven, I settled in for some browsing, Pablo Neruda love poems, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Khalil Gibron ,and many, many poets that I was not familiar with. The minutes passed.. and then my eye was caught by The Penguin Book of First World War Poetry, .published in 1979... edited by Jon Silkin, London, England. By the end of the next hour the tears were brimming. The stories of unimaginable pain and horror, death , and yes, beauty, touched me deeply. And the final glory.. On page 85..In Flanders Fields ", between the crosses, row on row.." In spidery script, someone had written.."In 1933, Poplar, Montana- I recited this on Armistice Day, and I can still do it today..." An ordinary day, became an extraordinary day.. Barbara Gorelick Inspired by the poem...Old Books..., written by Constance~~ A Rambling Poet For the contest --I Am Sending You a Gift of Poetry, Dear Heart..

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Date: 9/24/2010 5:24:00 PM
Wow-- I can definitely relate to this-- I enjoy browsing through a used book store as well -- amazing finds you can get from there when you get lucky-- wish you the best in the contest! Enjoyed reading this :)-- nikko :)
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Date: 9/19/2010 2:59:00 PM
HELLO~ BARBARA ~ENJOYED YOUR POEM~He HE HE! Here I find myself all over the soup again. Stopping by to read more poems, before my KIDS make me log out. I had a really nice time reading and catching up with you guys. I posted a sad poem as well, hope you find time to read my latest poem*luv~SKAT
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Date: 9/18/2010 1:13:00 PM
What a wonderful poem, dear Barbara...very moving. It touched me even more, as just a week or so ago, I was visiting a book store very much like this one, in Chico, where my daughter lives. I was browsing through the poetry section, and reading some very moving pieces that brought such tears.... very much like your own experience. I often wonder if it is just "me" that has these moments....but you have made me know that is not the case. Lovely!
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Date: 9/17/2010 7:04:00 PM
nice one Barbara, thanks for sharing the memory, good luck in the contest
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Date: 9/17/2010 6:03:00 PM
Dear Barbara, A Winner I had to read Constance's POEM "Old Books" YOU deserve a win Very Beautifully Written Showing YOUR Purity LOVE ALWAYS...HG
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