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The Library of Life

Updated on March 18, 2014
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Avast, ye soulful scalawags,

Be cheerful and in sync—

May none of you fall behind and lag

While you have capacity to think.


We’re on the brink of something new

Exciting, and on more than string

It could be on the way to Timbuktu,

Or in ancient vaults of kings.


Oh, seek and you will find so much

While turning pages of a tome

Enrich your minds and stay in touch

Yet escape the walls of home.


Take a ride through a fantasy land

Or look upon new solar systems.

Journey through the swirling sands

Or learn about Titanic’s untimely victims.


A library is not a thing of the past

It truly has a justifiable life.

Its leather smell was made to last

In high times and in strife.


Get away from your computer world

And have a life once more.

The proverbial oyster has a pearl,

And you can read books galore.

© 2014 Deb Hirt

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      You're definitely right about THAT, Beachir.

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      Beachir 2 years ago

      For some of it I take him along. For things like pens, peicnls, cases, markers, binders etc I have him pick out what he likes. For the clothes I go alone, he is only 10 and it will not be long before he insists on picking out his own.;0)

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Indeed it is, Sanjay, and that is one of the things that I will never give up.

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      Sanjay Sharma 2 years ago from Mandi (HP) India

      The computer and internet has made the books obsolete and outdated. But it is always a pleasure to read the books.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Dr. Bill. To me, the library IS a fun place--another area of discovery.

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      William Leverne Smith 2 years ago from Hollister, MO

      What fun! Thanks for sharing! ;-)

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks so much, Theresa. I'm glad that you liked this piece.

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      Theresa Ast 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Deb, I love it and I could not agree more. One of the hardest parts of my job is convincing students that there is something of value to be found in libraries , in our university library. Hope all is well. Theresa

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Anna! Hope al is well in Scotland.

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      Well there is nothing like a book. Very true and well written.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Pamela! You'd be surprised…I've done close to twenty of them. Take a gander. Hope that all is well with you.

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      Pamela Kinnaird W 3 years ago from Maui and Arizona

      I love it! Great message! Quite a departure from your flat-on-your-stomach among the reeds waiting for the incoming feathery friends -- which I love to read -- but very very enjoyed.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Yes, Alicia, the world has always been at our fingertips. I for one, prefer a 'book' to an 'e-book'.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      A library can be a magical place, just as you describe so well in this poem, Deb. There is so much to discover in books!

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, manatita. I always believe in broadening my knowledge.

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      manatita44 3 years ago from london

      Cool. Gentle encouragement to deepen one's knowledge and to look further and deeper. Cool. Shalom!

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks as always, Faith Reaper!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Such a clever write packed with much insight! Truly love your poetry. Up and more and sharing. Enjoy your day, Faith Reaper

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Leslie. I need to think about planting some marigolds!

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      Karen Silverman 3 years ago

      great advice, Deb! There's a big fat world out there - and we rot in front of our computer screens...

      sigh...

      well - spring is a-coming - and i'm a-ready!

      HUGS

      great poetry - you talented woman you!

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Blossom, isn't that the truth?

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Books are good friends and we can travel anywhere in them - although coming back to earth can be a problem. Sometimes we land with a bang!

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks you, kerlund. Some things were must be grateful for...

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      kerlund74 3 years ago from Sweden

      Wonderful celebration:)

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Kevin. I was always at the library when I was near it. Now that I am now, I still manage to get there once in a while.

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      The Examiner-1 3 years ago

      Right to the point Deb. I used to like going to the library. I would go often. In their own way I think that libraries, just like your poem, are beautiful.

      Kevin

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Rolly. That one was for me. I KNOW how to escape!

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      Rolly A Chabot 3 years ago from Alberta Canada

      So well spoken Deb... I love it

      Oh, seek and you will find so much

      While turning pages of a tome

      Enrich your minds and stay in touch

      Yet escape the walls of home.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Eddy!

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      Get away from your computer world

      And have a life once more.

      The proverbial oyster has a pearl,

      And you can read books galore.

      Oh how true and told so well in this great poem. Your creative being certainly hit home here Deb.

      Enjoy your day and I vote up plus share.

      Eddy.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      ChitrangadaSharan, we can't let this institution be forgotten. The way things are going, I am sure wondering.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Very true, with an appealing message!

      I remember how time used to fly in a library, while we were engrossed in books, one after the another. Those are immemorable times.

      Thanks for the reminder! Nice poem!

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Yay, rebecca!

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      Rebecca Mealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Awesome! There is something about a trip to the library that beats the heck out of an internet search, and you have captured the essence of it well. Long live the Library!

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      It's so easy to appeal to a reader, Billy. Thanks as always.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You hooked me with the title...you landed me with the first line....wonderful poetry. I was smiling all the way through this one, Deb.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Linda. I grew up in a library in a small town in Maine.

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      Linda Compton 3 years ago from The Land of Enchantment

      Ah, Deb, this hub 'tis marvelous to behold! Your invitation is timeless as well as timely, and holds wisdom more valuable than gold.

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