Welcome world of printed words,
offbeat authors best esteemed,
older books generally preferred,
fond echoes from ‘ancien regime’.
Books once voluminously collected,
spines shoulder-leaning on shelves,
few now studied, sparsely inspected:
vain aspirations of the inner self.
Bookmarked pages wait in vain,
text underscored, autodidact;
spirit of hope and human-stain:
life travels mapped, tracked.
Self-educated, snug in aerie,
random-gathered, outre themes,
authors jostle in home library,
editors make presence in dreams.
Almost intellectual: poetry and prose,
a few illustrated limited editions;
now biblio acquisition finally slows:
fulfilled book collecting ambitions.
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