World on a Shelf


There, in long orderly rows

The entire world lain bare

Words woven and bound

Written with mastered care


Museums of moments

History in its ebb and flow

Or fiction and her characters

Some many things to show


And I, the always curious

Un-curtailed in what I read

Allowed to see both good and bad

Where other’s paths have led


A wealth of worldly knowledge

All I had to do was look

And I stole a thousand lifetimes

In the pages of every book


11 Responses to “World on a Shelf”
  1. A thief of lifetimes in the pages of every book…Brilliant! Great work Brad, lovely and interesting as always, and quite a pleasure. All the best to you my friend,

  2. kristianw84 says:

    For the love of reading! 📚❤ Lovely, Brad!

  3. Jim Borden says:

    local libraries are a national treasure, and the heart and soul of any community…

  4. This poem ignites that feeling when I visit a library or bookstore with a vast array of books. Trust me, it’s my favourite way to spend a day, and there were times when I would not know how time passed. Books are precious. This poem is lovely, and somehow I feel this is the one you mentioned you had written when I posted my best friend on my blog. 🙂

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