The Atoms of Books
3. If reader wants to keep book and buy it:
i) Supply name of book store.
ii) The library cannot sell books to individuals. The books are the property of the Library Board.
4. If reader says he pays taxes and the book belongs to him:
i) State that the Public Libraries Act makes books property of the Library Board.
Chinook Regional Library Procedures Manual (2007)
Running up the path to the treasure house
I always maxed out the borrowing limit
The craters of the moon, insects, stories
Of people who lived differently than me
Geography and history, Greek myths
Astronomy and atoms, the pyramids
Tycho Brahe, his noses, magic moose
Telescopes and heliocentrics of sad
The blue-stocking's reprimand
This is not appropriate for your age
Once I even cried to show her that it was
And a guy said, Jesus give the kid his book!
Pliny the Elder, Pompeii, Alexandria
The Cairo Geniza, my forefathers, herself
On a carved page suddenly discovered
Where silence is no longer special virtue
Now books cannot sit squarely upon a shelf
With furred pages, the silverfish and worms
Growing older & more important in the shade
Happily replenishing the nutrition of words.
© 2012 Rob Schackne