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The Lonely Book

I took a book out of the library
where it must have stood amidst
its brethren for 25 years, unused,
unborrowed-- I know this because
its pages were crisp, never bent
by a greedy reader, and yellow
from time's effect, a drug that
ages books as it does readers....

Someday I guess all books, both
the virgins and the overly used,
even abused, will be no more: all
replaced by sterile zeros & ones,
and my future self will never again
have the soft pleasure of turning
endless pages, feeling tangible
the words of some distant mind.

Copyright © L. J. Carber | Year Posted 2017


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  1. Date: 10/22/2017 8:50:00 PM

    Oh.. L. J. Carber, not to be able to touch a book ,is unheard of. I enjoy to touch the pages of the book. turning pages after pages,I enjoy to do. Taking my time to enjoy what I read. Have a nice evening my friend.
  1. Date: 10/16/2017 7:23:00 PM

    I LOVE THIS INSIGHTFUL POEM. I am a book collector, hardback first editions. I live the contents, look , feel and smell of the books written in the 1800's. Some books, I feel connected to the first moment I touch them.... A fav my friend.
  1. Date: 10/14/2017 11:03:00 PM

    Wonderful :) fave xomo
  1. Date: 10/14/2017 6:11:00 PM

    So glad you expressed this. I am torn because I feel as you do about the feel of a book, but someone gave me a Kindle for Christmas 3-4 years ago and I have loved that, too.