Welcome world of printed words,
out-of-print authors best esteemed;
older books generally preferred,
echoing from an ‘ancien regime’.
Books once voluminously collected,
shoulder-leaning spines on shelves,
few studied, sparsely inspected:
vain aspirations, hungry inner self.
Bookmarked pages wait in vain,
underscore by scholar autodidact;
spirit of hope, sin of human-stain:
biblio thoughts, travels mapped.
History, biography, poetry and prose,
and some small-press limited editions;
my biblio acquisition finally slows:
fulfilled all book collecting ambitions.
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