Old bookshop once held dear


Some express shock when they hear,

that old bookshop once held dear

soon will close;

at quiet cash-till I smile, then ask:

“When and what book bought last?”

– facial apology shows.


Why local bookshop long ignored?

online purchase easy to afford

– free shipping included;

digitally paid, despatched, air-mailed,

sadly shuttered, local shops failed,

– your choices colluded.


Who can live on mere sentiment?

Kind words, quite sincerely meant

but a little late-spoken;

so many books, so little time,

click-purchase: scene-of-crime

– secondhand heart: broken…


photos by Dora Kazmierak  http://www.instagram.com/dorakazmierak/www.instagram.com/dorakazmierak/


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