Smell of Books

By , Pullman, WA
Often,
After a long day,
I open a book
And sniff gently.

Ah yes,
I am at home.

Those,
With the lemony, crisp scent
Of a new book,
Are a breath of fresh air.

Others,
With the moldy, subtle smell
Of an old book,
Are layers of history.

Reading an old book,
I impart
Yet another
Layer of scent.

Reading a new one,
I give
The very first human scent
That it will ever know.





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