This is not the book that will save your life (a poem)

Written late this afternoon at Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park…

I’ve seen you here before
I know you
You spend hours here
wandering between the racks
taking book after book off the shelves
then putting them back

You are not looking for entertainment
You are not in search of fantasy
You don’t need information
You don’t care what’s happened in the past
You’re not interested in puzzles
You have no time for mysteries or thrillers
You don’t even want answers

No, you’re looking for something else
This is not that

This is not the book that will magically make everything all right
This is not the book that will make a difference before you’ve even opened it up to read
This is not the book that will satisfy every longing you’ve ever had (even the ones you didn’t know about)

You can put this book back on the shelf now…

(30 January 2017)

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