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Since the moment I held a pencil I've been creating with drawings and words. I believe paintings enlighten and poems entice our audiences.

The Library


The Library

Stacks of paper-filled squared boxes

Lined up and down in all sizes

Contours of scattered thoughts

Sit on many shelves

Truth or tale

Filled-up pages upon pages

Spice of old

Scents of new

Symmetrical runner rows

A maze of continuous trails

Walk among the living and the dead

Who took the time to write these books?

Pleasures to horror

Peace to war

Engulfing the tides of turmoil

Surging into the soul

Beyond spite writers venture to other worlds

Using pictures, words, and phrases

To entice audiences

Young and Old

There they stand smugly stout

Books of all sizes

Waiting for a patron to share

Their thoughts, stories, and poems

While dogs sit outside

Lapping up their time in the sun

People walk the long rows of books

To hand pick the ripe one

One with the right scent

That escapes them as they leave

To another place in time

A place only they and the writer can share.

Little Neighborhood Libraries


© 2020 Mary Borges


Mary Borges (author) from San Diego, California on June 04, 2020:

Thank you Lynsey for your nice comments. The library is one of my favorite places to go and thumb through books. It's fun to cozy up with a book and enjoy the creative spirit found in them by other artists.

Lynsey Hart from Lanarkshire on June 03, 2020:

Lovely poem which reminded me of days squirrelled away digging through second hand books trying to find some treasures. I miss being able to go to old bookstores. Somesday soon, hopefully. I like your writing style too.

Mary Borges (author) from San Diego, California on April 02, 2020:

Thank you Kyler for taking the time to write such kind words. I greatly appreciate it.

Kyler J Falk from California on April 02, 2020:

Having grown up in an age where libraries and bookstores were under assault by the digital era, I don't have a proper appreciation of the sentiments that underlie this poem.

However, your poem does inspire a newfound appreciation, and for that I thank you.

Mary Borges (author) from San Diego, California on April 02, 2020:

Thank you Lorna. I love reading your comments.

Lorna Lamon on April 02, 2020:

I love old bookshops and libraries where I can lose myself for hours. There is a wonderful reassuring smell about an old book, and the last verse of this beautiful poem sums it up for me. Such an enjoyable read Mary.

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