Between the Pages
In this magical library
sitting high upon the shelf
dusty pages will reveal…
pieces of myself.
My restless fingers caress
cloth covered gold filigree
skimming tales of long ago…
full of rich history.
Therein lies a secret portal
into worlds of mystery
spilling out bold truths and hope…
love, life and liberty.
Escape the problems of today
wander into tomorrow
lose yourself between the pages…
you only have to borrow.
Colleen Keller Breuning © 2022
December 10, 2022
Thomas Jefferson said, “I cannot live without books.” As I wrote my poem this afternoon, I looked around my home office and discovered how true that quote is for me! I am sitting here, literally surrounded by books. I have been collecting them since I was a child. My mother took us on weekly trips to the library, where we loaded up on books. My father drove the Bookmobile, which was very cool as a kid! So books are kind of in my blood. I find it hard to let go of them sometimes, but I really need to – because I’m running out of room for them! Among the treasured books in my collection are several books of poetry and childhood books from my parents, a literature book from my Uncle Bobby, my 11th grade English textbook from Mr. Hershey’s class (not sure how that ended up in my collection…), and many poetry books from the masters to online friends who have self-published!
I’m always reading a book, my current book is “Echo in the Bone” by Diana Gabaldon from The Outlander Series, which I absolutely love. It’s almost 1,000 pages and it’s taking me a while to get through it, a little bit each day. How do I find time to read with such a busy schedule, you ask? Well – I blow dry my hair and read at the same time, that is how!!! That can get a little tricky, but I make it work. Since I’m usually always working at work or around the house, I try to multitask with things like reading. I very rarely have time to curl up on the sofa to read. I am hoping that my life can slow down a bit so that I can do more reading, though.
I buy my grandkids books ALL THE TIME! I had a stack of them waiting here when they came to visit for an early Christmas, and I plan to mail them next week so they have them in time for Christmas. I know that Katie will carry on the tradition of story time each night, it is such a wonderful thing for kids. Dan and I took turns reading each of them a book each night, no matter how tired we were.
Maybe since we are staying put this holiday season, I will hope for a snow day so that I can settle in with a cup of hot tea by the fire and do some reading. I wish you all a restful season full of happy reading! xoxo Colleen
Ecrits Blogophilia Week 23.14 Topic: It’s A Good Life
Hard Bonus: Quote Thomas Jefferson. (“I cannot live without books”)
Easy Bonus: Use the word “Liberty”
Enjoyed your take on the challenge this week. Curling up with a good book sounds good to this alien! KUDOS, Earthling!
Wonderful write Colleen, I feel those sentiments as I too am a bibliophile. Hugs and Happy Holiday blessings to you my friend!!
I have not been to a library in a century. I passed a bookstore yesterday, that I built. I should have darkened their door. I believe I shall make a return trip.
As I recall, the last time I bought a book there, I wrote it.
Seriously, your poem is quite magnificent, Colleen. A brilliant topic, rarely written or spoken of.