BOOK

What’s in a book that’s closed?

I know it’s full of words

letters printed on paper

yet at the same time something

simply has to be happening

for as soon as it is opened

I find another story with people

I’ll never get to meet elsewhere

there I can share their adventures

march with armies going to battle

feel the sting of countless wounds

taste the bittersweet pang of death

a wondrous joy of returning home

never certain of any welcome

there beyond that final page

THE

Such a mildly innocuous appearing word so often used
It permeates both heart and soul of most realms poetic
Three little letters seemingly innocent yet often misused

Filling those often empty spaces between words so often used
Without thought or comprehension of most realms poetic
Three little letters seemingly innocent so often misused

In Seven Sonnets Chaucer yet not seven times so often used
This baseless word to lift him out of most realms poetic
Three little letters instead of windmills all too often misused

All in all life demands it be so often used
To fill our dreams of those realms poetic
Three little letters arrow words often misused

What critic requires this word be so often used
To pull us through those lost realms poetic
Three little letters marking words often misused

Where did this word begin to be so often used
Leading fruitless treks through realms poetic
Three little letters showing lives often misused

So often so often misused
Poetic poetic
Three little letters overused

Little letters
Must not
Be so misused

THE