older books generally preferred


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, biblio-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.


photo: Dora Kazmierak  https://www.instagram.com/dorakazmierak/


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