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Author Name: FreeCleanMan 6 Comments
Date Added: July 28, 2005 15:07:04 Average Score: (Needs 2)
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Remember the time when we used to read books?

Not e-books or virtual books, but real books,

Printed on real creamy white paper,

With covers and spines that told you their names.


Remember the pleasure of holding a book,

And the delight of anticipation

As you turned the first page over.

What was your favourite place to read?


Did you like to sit up in bed at night,

With pillows at your back to prop you up?

Perhaps with some music in the background

Just to augment the enjoyment?

Or did you like to sit on the sofa

At the end of a hard dayís work

When the children were fed and in their bed?

Was a chapter or two your reward?


Remember the smell of old books?

That aroma could carry you back

To better, more civilised times

When books were loved for all the things they are.


Thereís nothing like holding a book in your hands;

Itís all part of the pleasure of reading.

The feel, the smell, the look, they all matter

You donít get that from a computer screen.


Virtual books are all very well,

But virtual is exactly what they are.

They have no soul, no life, no history -

They serve a purpose, but thatís all they do.

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Comment By: FreeBarbara Demasson on November 5, 2005 10:48:04 PM Report
Oh this is great...just the other day I expressed this very thing to a fellow worker and he looked at me like I had two heads. I mean...the bit about having the smell of a new book and the nice quality of the particular book I had in my hand at the time. I guess there are those of us that appreciate the written word and books more than others. Good for that though...more books for US!!

Loved this Peter...I marvel at your work! Excellent!

Comment By: FreeAlison Storm Wolf on August 16, 2005 01:52:53 PM Report
Oh hell Peter...into favs again!
What are you doing to unleash this wonderful flow?
I sit here as one who has only today, bought 3 new books. I can identify COMPLETELY with what you write of.
Ok, my books are more of the paperback kind....but I will NEVER...lose the excitement of knowing I have a new book on the go!
I read anywhere but love to go to bed early knowing that my reading material will uplift me.

My mother always ridiculed my choice of reading material...mostly because I wanted to read all the major spiritual classics and turned my nose up at fiction.
I do not want to decry just has never appealed to me. I always wanted to know what made the great mystics think. In this way i educated myself to a certain degree.
I adore the old classics but like much prefer to watch them as a play.

There is SUCH an excitement in the written much so that I adore bookshops.
I can see I speak for many of us when I say that we, who love reading and writing, will never lose the thrill of a night in and a good book. HEAVEN!
(And I speak as someone who, by my own admission, never read a 'home reader' from cover to cover in my life! ) Into favs
Ali x

Comment By: FreeHeike on July 28, 2005 05:01:56 PM Report
There is nothing like reading, Peter. I've nodded all the way through this poem. Seems like I am also outing myself as a bibliophile. So when is your book going to be published :-)?

Comment By: PremiumMary Lou Allen on July 28, 2005 04:37:42 PM Report
Peter, this is great work. You bring that wonderful experience up close and personal. I love books. I collect books. My walls are lined with books. I haunt old book stores in every town I visit and, yes, the smell of them is part of the enjoyment. I often order my favorite current authors before their release dates. Favorite place to read? Is there such a thing? I read in a recliner, on a couch, on the beach, in a car, on a park bench, on a plane, in the doctor's office, on a boat, and I've lost many a night's sleep from reading in bed. It may not be my absolute favorite thing to do, but it's a contender. This is one of your very best. I love it. ML
Comment By: FreePia Andersson on July 28, 2005 04:33:28 PM Report
I love books Peter, and today i received a wonderful gift : a collection of poems from a friend ..books are wonderful powerful beautiful and joyful Thank you for this tribute to the book!! with love Pia
Comment By: FreeThe Bag Lady on July 28, 2005 03:58:47 PM Report
I love to read, Peter~ Some of my favorite places to sit and read are the couch on a cool evening, with the fire, a cup of hot tea, and a smidgeon of light jazz in the background, or blues.....When I was a young tadpole, I used to read at the water's edge at my Grandfather's farm.....Books, I agree, are just little treasures, some without a speck of pictures, but some with travelogue reflections~ I still haunt flea markets, sales, and such to find books....(sigh)...I really enjoyed your write, and I guess it shows....


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