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Wednesday, April 10, 2013
April 10 Poem: On My Bookcase
Just looking around my house, this is what I saw. I like my Kindle, and I know that e-publishing is the wave of the future and the future is here, but I still love the heft of a book and I still have a nice library. I also have discovered the library in Kalispell, which connects to almost every library in Montana and can get me almost any book I might need. This is a writer’s heaven, both inside my house and out! Pinch me, I must be dreaming!
//ON MY BOOKCASE
//Stephen King rests on my shelves,
//his battered brain quiet now
//but just for now (always now)
//in temporary dead zone respite
//until the next idea hits like a
// freight train
//barreling out of control.
//And near him Michael Crichton
//ponders global warming readouts
//and dinosaur DNA
//along uncertain timelines soon forgotten.
//The lost boys home from Neverland,
//Dirk Gently battling American gods,
//and in this corner floats
//the island at the centre of the world
//awaiting the peg legged Dutchman
//along the great walled street.
//Captain Kidd and Santa Claus
//rest near Carl Sagan’s Cosmos
//amid dragons, to the code breaker’s delight.
//Van Gogh’s early portraits
//captured in a tabletop
//barely fit the lowest shelf
//and my own books hide thinly
//in plain sight. Eclectic, I am,
//a hodgepodge of plots and twists
//and true tall tales
//and captured interests, enlightened,
I was born in Holland in 1950. My parents immigrated to the US when I was two. I have many close friends and family on both continents. My wife Diane and I have been happily married since 1974. I have four children and one grandchild (two more are on the way). I love writing and sharing what I wrote most of all..