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Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash. Leonard Cohen

Monday, May 16, 2011

Bubby's Books

image courtesy of Magpie Tales
The books you left behind are mine to hold
I read your notes and hear you speak to me
You treasured them as some would treasure gold
They brought you to a place where you were free

From you I learned that in my words there's magic
That beauty can be conjured from the tragic
From you I learned the value of my mind
The greatest gift that you could leave behind

submitted for Magpie Tales 66

24 comments:

lynnaima said...

wonderful. It is a thank you note to the authors, to a donor and even to the books themselves, an ode somewhat. Enjoyable read! :)
http://lynnaima.wordpress.com/2011/05/12/within-the-margins/

Fireblossom said...

This makes me think of my late father, who loved his books and passed that love on to me.

verseinanutshell said...

Amazing work. My magpie: http://verseinanutshell.wordpress.com/2011/05/16/open-book/

brenda w said...

You've penned a lovely ode to books, and Bubby both. Well constructed piece.

Reflections said...

A precious tribute... to leave one the freedom and creativity of writing words for others to read. A lovely piece.

M. A. S. said...

Very nice and personal. What a great and treasured keepsake.

trisha said...

books are priceless wealth to me too. they mean the world to me.

love.

rel said...

This reminds me of my relationship with my dad and his books. And I hope that the same message gets through to my children when I pass on.
Nicely done.
rel

rel said...

Oh, and Lorenzo would be proud!
rel

Olivia said...

That beauty can be conjured from the tragic..
I do believe in the same. So many poems I have written highlighting this one!

You are a wordsmith.. valuable than gold xox

Christine said...

I think of a great teacher/mentor in this. Someone special I'm sure.

Brian Miller said...

ah, so much to be learned of books...love reading someones notes in the margins as well....love books...

nene said...

Thanks for reminding me of the value of that which is 'writ'.

Helen said...

We all need a teacher in matters of the mind ....

Lena said...

The greatest gift indeed! I loved the line 'That beauty can be conjured from the tragic'.
Lolamouse - you have enthralled me again...!

Tess Kincaid said...

Sad and lovely.

HyperCRYPTICal said...

Sad and lovely indeed.

Anna :o]

Doctor FTSE said...

Very thoughtful with a beautiful rhythm.

versebender said...

Beautifully done... I did not find it sad....wistful perhaps. Vb

Jinksy said...

What a fitting memorial - loved the magic/tragic rhyme, too. :)

Tumblewords: said...

How beautiful! Love the delicate layers and the power of thought in this.

sweet pea. said...

wow, thats so.........
so.......
just so.


its so pretty

Jingle said...

beautiful.

Sue J said...

I think all lovers of books had/have someone inspiring in their lives from whom they caught the reading bug. Great Magpie!