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Ode to the library,
underrated, overlooked and misused
by those who don't know your full power.

Some say you smell old and musty,
I say the smell is of knowledge and adventure.

The shelves struggle to keep their bounties from readers,
unwilling to share information, fantasies
and knowledge.
Books sadly lean at angles when a member has been removed.
Sad and miserable are those with pages
destroyed.

Spines creak and bindings crack as ancient tomes are opened,
new books make a whisper of sound punctu-ated by a crinkle of a protective sheath,
eager to share what they contain from
cover to cover.

Signs whisper things like “Fiction to the left,” or “Biographies two shelves back.”

Huge, soft chairs are placed strategically throughout the room,
ones so comfy a reader may sink into and,
promptly forget the day's troubles
and events.

Newer arrivals are held in high favor
over ancient volumes.

Upon leaving she stood in the doorway,
one foot outside, and hand inside and body in between.
She turned and thought, Don't worry,
I'll be back for the rest of you someday.

That promise is kept by the flash of a library card as it is slid into a wallet.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.




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KristenNoel said...
Feb. 2 at 2:57 pm
I really loved it! (And I'm not much of a reader) :) Keep up the great work. Your writing just flows majestically!
 
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May 29 at 5:41 pm
Thank you!! :D
 
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