Battered by Books

They are three deep  on shelves,

Wilted and torn  but all too special.

Kindle was to save the day,

But I keep buying and buying.

Read in Kindle, that’s fine,

but often I need the paper.

I  write, underline and star in my books.


Books on seeking God,

Hundreds and hundreds,

Yet I keep seeking.

None have  the final answer, but

They all have beautiful answers.

Conversations with God, I love, I wish.


Every Man Dies Alone,

In English, and saying who I am.

Recovery, recovery, millions of

Ideas on recovery. I’m not recovered.

The Joy of Living, but not much joy.

No Joy of Cooking.


I love my books on Churchill,

But I’ll never be great like he was.

My favorite book in the world:

The Way the World Works,

Not my favorite, but I love the title.

I wish I understood how the world works.

I want to write a book with an

Arrogant title, to show how

Smart I wish to be.


The Secret of Prosperity, my ass.

Black Dogs and Bad Dog, that is I.

I’m asked to give them away to

Make room  for nothingness.

But I need more room so I take boxes

and boxes to the library.

Here is my contribution.

Someone might read these.


I save all of my books because

I might want to find an excerpt or

Might want to read them again.

I never read  them again because

There is not enough time in the world

To read all the books I need to read.

However, my re-do of Anna Karenina is

Smoking in the Kindle with torn leather cover.

The dog chewed up the cover.


This is my entry for Poetry Potluck – Hobbies & Passions, Pastimes & Entertainment at Jingle Poetry.

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  1. #1 by Carl on December 12, 2010 - 7:17 pm

    I need an editor. The dog tore up the leather cover of the Kindle, but the reader continues to work. I will fix this because it feels right to fix that.

    Books absolutely are old friends. They do magical things for us regardless of what might be happening in the real world. They are the acceptable escape vehicle.

  2. #2 by booguloo on December 12, 2010 - 10:41 pm

    Great write. Read like a Rooney commentary.

    • #3 by Carl on December 13, 2010 - 6:50 am

      Thank you for the comment. You are right that Rooney would move all about in that fashion.

  3. #4 by Flying Monkey on December 13, 2010 - 4:58 am

    I’m not very attached to material posssesions but I LOVE books and can’t have enough of them. I’d praise the dog for trying to eat up your kindle. It’s just not the same 😉

    • #5 by Carl on December 13, 2010 - 6:51 am

      Yes, the dog knows what he is doing. He does not chew up books.

  4. #6 by Jingle on December 13, 2010 - 10:40 am

    it reads like a conversation,
    thanks for sharing…


    • #7 by Carl on December 13, 2010 - 11:05 pm

      Thank you for the kind comment!

  5. #8 by danroberson on December 13, 2010 - 3:43 pm

    There are so many good books, or ones with good titles, that they fill my shelves also. I’m afraid that some day all books will be burned or reduced to tweets.

    • #9 by Carl on December 13, 2010 - 11:06 pm

      Unfortunately, your fear sounds reasonable. Thank you for commenting.

  6. #10 by Shashi on December 14, 2010 - 12:36 pm

    I love to read books and ofcourse not on the kindle, and yes love to dog ear the books, note, scrawl and underline.. I go with you.. I enjoyed reading my thoughts here…

    ॐ नमः शिवाय
    Om Namah Shivaya

    • #11 by Carl on December 14, 2010 - 6:21 pm

      Thank you for your comment. How could I forget dog-earing? I dog-ear big time!

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