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Book Fair

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I was here

Before the crowd,

To sit in silence,

And read aloud

Mindfully of -

Something lost

And found and

Yet again lost.  


This is the last

Bit of the book,

So let me have

One last look

At the possibilities

Between the characters

Who could have

Found their trace,

And been in a

Paradisiacal place.


The crowd will soon

And largely gather

At this book fair,

And I might have to

Sacrifice my spot

For the rest of them

To compare;


The boisterous boys,

Some modernized men,

Pretty-witty women,

And wise old men,

All with their lists,

Paper bags, markers

And bookmarks.


Someone else

Might be as

Interested as me

In reading this book,

Measuring the

Doleful depth and

Weakening width;


Some love to keep

The heart hooked,

And some agony

To resonate with.  


◄ Schrödinger’s Smiley Kind of Days

Thick-Skinned ►


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Manish Singh Rajput

Mon 15th Apr 2024 02:41

Thank you so much Stephen G, for your kind comment. It means a lot to me.😊

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Stephen Gospage

Sun 14th Apr 2024 17:33

This poem fizzes with invention, Manish. The opening verse is perfection.

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Manish Singh Rajput

Fri 12th Apr 2024 13:21

Thank you so much Graham and Keith, for your most generous comments, it means a lot to me.

Paradisiacal is a word that I learnt this morning and I immediately loved it too, Graham! Thanks for highlighting it.
Keith, there's something about book fairs, and like you mentioned, it's the 'Second Hand Book Shops' for me too. I remember finding a beautiful note from the former owner of the book that I was reading once.

And I'd like to add that I've learnt a lot from you both.
Thanks again.😊

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Graham Sherwood

Fri 12th Apr 2024 09:49

What a wonderful word Paradisiacal is! There’s a calm before the storm about this piece. Pretty witty women is clever too!

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keith jeffries

Fri 12th Apr 2024 09:18

This poem has a lot to ponder on. I love book fairs and even more so, Second Hand Book Shops. They attract people like ourselves and we often see mirror images.
Thank you for this,

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