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,
– secondhand heart: broken…