Inside the Covers

Remember the old library check out cards

Inserted into their cardboard sleeves

Pasted to the inside covers

Of thick hard-bounds and dingy paper-backs alike?


The librarian’s stamp was a symbol of pride,

Ennobling each pale blue index card.

The page-turner mysteries bore many

As did the well-worn copies of literary classics


Speaking to the reader about the wisdom of their decision,

Testifying to the many satisfied patrons who came before.

“See you have made a fine choice!

All your friends will approve!”


Other books had only a few, infrequent due dates

“April 12th

“Nov 17th

Scattered memories of being needed.


Small chips and digital scanners

Have replaced the librarian’s ink and stamp

Those precious cards, each book’s own private journal

Are yet another casualty of progress.


Regardless, each book still sits

Tightly wedged between its kin

Waiting, yearning, motives unchanged

Spine creaking and pages crying dustily:

“Pick me! Oh please pick me!”


The reading list so far…

Well it was more than a few days, but I finally am posting that reading list I talked about back in The Perpetual Reader. Here is my list of books that are waiting in the wings to be read! The subject matter and depth of the books is all over the place. Basically I just wrote a book title down if it caught my eye and investigated it a bit more to see if it was of interest.

With the school semester almost over I look forward to posting here more often and maybe getting into reading one or more of these books!