Come In The Door Is Open

From the poetry collection published in 2015, Look Winter in the Face.

Come In The Door Is Open

In the library the books
are lined up on the
see-through open metal shelves and
because I’m sitting over here instead of over there
they have their pages end toward me
Spines facing the aisle. It’s not the usual library view
of the rows of books
best foot forward and intriguing titles
and bright colored jackets. No,
it’s the business side of things
the reason why you want a book in the first place
it’s for the pages
lined up. Ready. Waiting.

I sat in this section of the library.

Imagine yourself on the other side of these titles…there are thousands of words in each one of these books. You may be insight of a million words here, even.  Think about it.

Ch library #4 2-16-16 small small

And here are those books with pages out, ready to tell you what you want to know.


6 thoughts on “Come In The Door Is Open

  1. Loved this! Growing up the library was a second home, my retreat from the city I grew up in. I think it would neat if libraries shelved like that! 🙂

  2. I was walking along the lines of shelves at Arcadia U and suddenly looked through them instead of at them, and thought of how the interior looked, with all the pages on view. So many pages to read! Exhilarating.

  3. I feel the same way about the library, and thinking about the pages of books rather than their titles or spines, that reminded me of why I read – it’s what is inside!

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