Life's Treasure: An Ode to Books


This is a poem in honor of books,


Those bound volumes of magic.


Pages of knowledge and imagination


Without which, this existence would be tragic.



I’ve spent my life escaping to them,


The beautiful words on pages,


Books have carried me comfortably through


All of life’s little stages.



As a child I eagerly devoured


Every single fairy tale


Listening with wonder as Dad read of the Shire


Praying that Bilbo would not fail.



I fell hard for the love of my life


The worlds that books can hold


The things I have learned between covers


Is more valuable than gold.



Feeling like Matilda,


I consumed as much as I could


I would even read books


That I never understood.



Reading about the wonders of nature


And letting myself get lost in space


I have traveled back in time


And tried to understand the human race



I traveled to Mordor with Frodo,


Wept with Jo when Beth died,


I hid under the covers after discovering the King,


And while Scarlett O’Hara struggled, I cried.



I have twice searched for The Dark Tower,


And countless times, taken The Stand,


Walked Into the Wild with Chris McCandless,


Let each story unfold in my hands.



I’ll never forget everything that I’ve read,


And I’ll never stop reaching for more,


Because if there is one thing I know,


Reading will never be a bore.



Books are beautiful treasures


That can never be replaced,


To live a life without reading,


Is most certainly a waste!





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xstatic 3 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

Outstanding tribute to my best friend as a child and even now. I have stacks to read already, and just today was struck by the idea that I need to re-read Steinbeck's The Wayward Bus, which I last read when I lived in Monterey, CA, and read much of Steinbeck sitting in a coffee house on Cannery Row. I did not find a copy today, but will tomorrow.


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bizarrett81 3 years ago from Maine Author

Thank you xstatic! I have only read "Grapes of Wrath", but I'm sure all of his work is outstanding. Happy book hunting tomorrow!


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

Good for you! I refuse to buy an ebook reader because I love holding a book in my hands. That should tell you how I feel about this poem. :)


Sannel 3 years ago

This is beautiful! I love how you capture the love for books and reading with your well-chosen words, and make this into a delightful read. Really very good and the image is just fantastic. Thank you!

Sannel


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Mhatter99 3 years ago from San Francisco

Thank you for this wonderful tribute. Sadly. with bool stores closing... well.


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida

There is nothing like a book, to hold and read and reread...thank you for saluting our books...no ebooks will ever be as good...

thanks for sharing this..

Sending you Angels this morning.. :) ps


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Gypsy48 3 years ago

Books have always been in my life and I will never give them up. From my favorites that I enjoy and reread and to new ones that I add to my collection. Wonderful tribute to books. Well done!


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bizarrett81 3 years ago from Maine Author

Billybuc, I am proud to say I am not an owner of any type of ebook reader either, and will resist as long as I can! There is something about the feel of a book in my hands, so light but the weight of its words can be so much.

I am taking three classes this semester and two of my instructors insist on using e-books instead of regular ones. The hundred something I saved is not worth the headache and eye strain I have after twetny minutes of trying to study...

Thank you for reading, Bill, faithful new friend! I am glad I am not alone in my love for books!


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bizarrett81 3 years ago from Maine Author

Thank you Sannel for visting and reading! I am so glad you enjoyed it.


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bizarrett81 3 years ago from Maine Author

Mhatter099, Borders closed here I got worried but Books A Million replaced it... I hope bookstores do not vanish completely.


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bizarrett81 3 years ago from Maine Author

pstraubie48

Thank you for reading, and yes, there is nothing like a book. No e book will EVER be as good.


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bizarrett81 3 years ago from Maine Author

Gypsy48 thank you for reading! I am glad you enjoyed it. I will never give them up, either! I dream of a time when books return to their former glory, and hope my kids love them just as much = )


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wayne barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

I love this one Beth. "Listening with wonder as Dad read of the Shire"

What a beautiful piece. Made me want to go grab a stack of books and immerse myself. Definitely sharing.


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bizarrett81 3 years ago from Maine Author

Thank you! And thank you for introducing me to the magical world of books. Righ now I'm working on a giant psychology book for class... but I find it very interesting


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wayne barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

I'm sure it will be great. Good luck.


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bizarrett81 3 years ago from Maine Author

Thanks!


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Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and beautiful. This was a great tribute to books.


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bizarrett81 3 years ago from Maine Author

Thank you so much Gypsy Rose Lee!!


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epigramman 3 years ago

It's very ironic isn't it - that book, video and record stores seem to be going the way of the consumer dinosaur. I am 54 now and I grew up with this generation. Gee I even remember 45 and 78 rpm records.

Love the poetic elegy here and I can tell it's a labor of love.

Many things in our lifetimes change and not always for the better - the current generation is too tuned in and turned on by technology to notice about the past and that you can ever replace the feeling of holding a book in your hands and turning the pages - sending you warm wishes from lake erie time canada and thank you for this poetic food for thought and a return to simpler more innocent times


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bizarrett81 3 years ago from Maine Author

Thank you so very much epigramman. I feel like I am in the last generation of more "simple times". I can still remember record players and VCRs and cassette tapes and a world without cell phones. My children already live in a completely different world.

I try to keep the love for books alive here. As I type, my 17 month old son is laying in his bed looking at books before he takes a nap. Nothing is more special to me then when he runs to me with a book and crawls onto my lap and is eagerly engaged in what I show him and read him. I hope it never dies.

Thank you again for reading and sharing your thoughts on the simpler times. Warm wishes back from Maine!


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wayne barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

I just had to revisit this one again. Absolutely beautiful refrain for love of literature.

Sharing this one again!


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bizarrett81 3 years ago from Maine Author

I forgot about this one myself = ) Thanks, Dad!


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wayne barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

My pleasure darlin' This one is a treasure.


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AudreyHowitt 22 months ago from California

Really beautiful! Loved this!


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bizarrett81 22 months ago from Maine Author

Thank you so much Audrey!


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Cyndi10 22 months ago from Georgia

Books are the essence of life, without which we would be lost. They are almost as important as eating and sleeping. I love your poem. Thank you for sharing it with us.


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bizarrett81 22 months ago from Maine Author

Cyndi I agree! And thank YOU for reading!!

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