Welcome world of printed words,
Out-of-print authors more esteemed,
older books generally preferred,
Second chances, dreams redeemed.
Books that browsers once collected,
shoulder-leaning on sagging shelves,
some studied, some sparsely inspected:
endless aspirations of questing self.
Bookmarked pages wait in vain,
annotated, sometimes scored;
spirit of hope on pages stained:
with books one is never bored.
History, memoir, poetry and prose,
finely illustrated limited editions;
few collectors will ever foreclose:
unfulfilled acquisition ambitions.
see also video-poem on Carraig Books: a fare-thee-well https://vimeo.com/311088801
photos: Dora Kazmierak https://www.instagram.com/dorakazmierak/