Poetry: The Book Life

The Book Life


(Image: “‘The Lure of Books’ 1911 by Coles Phillips” by Plum leaves is licensed under CC BY 2.0)

A love of reading
A love of books
A love of the written word
She has always had.

Devouring one
book after another
after another.

To have a home
with walls of books.
Books here.
Books there.
Books everywhere.

Oh, the sight, the feel,
the smell … intoxicating
to even think.

Slowly walking the aisle
of the library,
of the book store,
she feels at home.

Glancing through the titles,
gently grabbing a book
by the spine,
pulling it from the shelf,
slowly running her
fingertips across
the book’s title,
opening the book
lifting the opened book
to her nose and
inhaling the scent
of well kept, antique books.

Simply holding, feeling, and
smelling a book
sends here straight away
to other worlds, lands,
and journeys.

The excitement felt
when she anticipates
slipping into deliciously
soft clothing, propping herself
with plush pillows,
and finally opening the book
to begin the adventure.

This has been the way,
A beautiful way.
A way that led her
to know she was to
write, she was to let
black words flow forth
and fill the white pages,
one after another
after another.

She laughs words
She exhales words
She cries words
She bleeds words
She dances words

She swallows the words
of life to be mixed and
meshed with her essence.

Magically she releases the words
fast as lightening through
her fingertips onto the screen.

Books, books, books.
Words, words, words.

Words are oxygen
Words are food
Words are water
Words are shelter
Words are life.

Her teacher
Her friend
Her lover
Her mentor
Books are these,
and more,
to she.

A love of reading
A love of books
A love of the written word
She has always had.

Devouring one
book after another
after another.

All the while
the words,
the books,
devoured she.
©2018 Camilla Downs


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Blessings,
Camilla
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