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The Smell of a New Book on a Winter's Day

Updated on April 12, 2012

I step out of the convenience store bathroom,

The piss on the soles of my shoes makes squeaks

As I traverse across the hard floor and make way for the door.

I swing it open and step outside.

Standing there, seemingly having nowhere to go,

Is a young black man with a du-rag and heavy black coat.

He’s smoking a cigarette and simply staring here and there.

I find my woman’s car and climb into the passenger seat.

The heater is blowing like heavy dog breath and I shiver

One quick shiver to ward off the chill I brought in

From the outside world.

She drives and we head for a Barnes and Noble.

I want to buy a new poetry book so I can get

A little more inspiration and exercise this

Flaccid brain of mine.

That and there’s nothing like the smell

Of a new book on a cold Winter’s day.

I pick out a book, one by Bukowski, my hero,

And we get a cup of Joe for the road.

I’m not going to read the book just yet;

I get carsick if I don’t keep looking at the road.

When we get home, however, I’ll kick off these shoes

And open up words from a dead muse,

Become enriched and inspired,

And smile a smile for another soul like mine.

What did you think of this poem?

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      Brian Lawson 5 years ago from Windsor, Va.

      Yes I smell a book about a dozen times while reading it lol! Thanks for the kudos! :)

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I like this a lot! The poem appeals to a lot of the senses with your descriptions. And there's nothing like the smell of a book! Many votes! I really like your poetry!

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      anglnwu 5 years ago

      I agree the smell of new books is exhilarating for readers like us. Thanks for sharing.

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      raciniwa 5 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      nice for the road...

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Beautifully written!

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      jaswinder64 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada.

      Very nice poem.