I placed your historical novel on a shelf.
The shelf contained many other dusty books.

It was one of many shelves with dusty books.
The dust implies I neglect the books I treasure.

They are really an old display of wealth.
You cannot judge a man today on the size of his library.

When it comes to poetry I place each book I finish
in a little poetry library box.

Unread poetry on a shelf does little to nothing
to influence the world’s progress.

The box I place them in has a high turnover rate
so I believe the poetry gets read regularly.

I feel for the poets who signed the book copy I purchased
thinking I would treasure their words forever.

Especially if they found that signed copy
in a little poetry library box.

copyright © 2021 Kenneth P. Gurney

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