Monday, May 16, 2011

Mag 66 - The Library

Magpie Tales by Tess Kincaid
The Library

It was love at first sight
Smell and touch
The promise of tales unending
Lined up on the shelves.

Mother had secured her entry
Into the adult section
Where books did not smell of candy
Or have sticky covers.

Or pictures on the front
Mom had suggested
Something by Alcott, Louisa May
But first she had to walk every aisle from A to H.G.Wells

Her summer that year she turned twelve
Was all about Zane Grey
Lured by the title
Riders of the Purple Sage.

But the library shelves
Would take her from Wyoming
To ancient Greece
From Walden Pond to Pompeii.

 And into the future
College and beyond
Everywhere she lived
She first found the library.

J. Binford-Bell
May 2011


  1. Wonderful expression of a library - well I remember weekly trips, and armloads of books that could transport me. Zane Grey and Riders of the Purple Sage first introduced me to the west...lovely memories

  2. Ah, the beloved library! Lovely piece.

  3. So beautiful. I love the multi-layeredness of the piece. My magpie:

  4. The road to the magic land of dreams. :)

  5. Oh.. A read is a must for her I think.. I wonder what would happen if she moved to a town without a library :) Nice one!

    My Magpie

  6. fun capture of library.
    awesome write.

  7. fun capture of library.
    awesome write.

  8. So touching, so beautiful. :)

  9. Wonderful - yes!
    (From a fellow bibliophile :))

  10. I was an avid reader before my time! School libraries were a must and later I too went every week with my mother to the local library wherever we were stationed. My father and I would browse book shops for hours and come home laden.

    Your poem today reminds me of when I was a child and couldn't make up my mind which ones to take for the week. well done!

  11. This reminds me of me. I love the library and it truly is one of my favorite places! :o) I love how books have the ability to transport you from one place to another! Lovely piece! :o)

  12. Reminds me of the days when I assisted in the school library... strolling the rows, browsing the titles, finding the precise locations.

  13. Excellent! Nothing better than a book!

  14. Love libraries. Love book shops. Love books. Love your description of how reads change as we grow olser.

    Anna :o]

  15. A beautiful paean to books and libraries...

  16. What a well told Journey. #enjoyed

  17. I love this! You always have to find the library!


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