A Gifted World


I found the world in an ocean of ink

Pressed between and bound by leather

The pens of writers that came before

Each a rich and unique tributary

That fed a sea of extraordinary


All the world had been lain at my feet

And I, all the time to truly explore

The lives that did not look like mine

Where the world seemed immense

And knowing was never past tense


History, fiction and fairytale

Offered in the succulence of prose

All that a man could ever hope become

Was there in the pages of every book

And all I had to do was look


Jet setting around the globe

To places with such funny names

And people so different than me

Nary a mile had I ever travelled

Yet the hidden of life, there unraveled


For in every world, I found on page

Mysterious, exotic, and strange

Held a lesson in the recognized

Though so different from one another

Every character a sister or brother


The pens of writers that came before

The lives that did not look like mine

All that a man could ever hope become

Were held within each printed line


21 Responses to “A Gifted World”
  1. Yet another tribute to the best gifted this in this world that books, but books haven’t been a possibility if not penned by the writers of past or present. I have always found solace and a much better companionship with books and the story they tell; it’s like I have lived that life or moment presented by the author. Thanks for this lovely poem Brad.🙂

  2. beth says:

    Beautiful poem about the endless universe of books

  3. kristianw84 says:

    So many books, so little time. Such a lovely poem about the blissful escape into fictional worlds.

  4. jonicaggiano says:

    What a gorgeous and whimsical poem about what the art of writing allows us to experience without ever leaving a room. Lovely Brad. Hope you have a fantastic week. Sending love and warm hugs my friend and logs to put on the fire while you travel within your books. Love ya Jonikins ❤️❤️

  5. yassy says:

    Who can ever write like you, I wonder. An awesome ode to the cosmos that is creatively designed.. an inspiration to all. You write beautifully superbly elaborating elegantly.

  6. Francisco Bravo Cabrera says:

    A love for books is a worthy pursuit. And your tribute is a beautiful poem. Great work my friend!

  7. Jim Borden says:

    I forget who said it, but a library card may be the best investment you could ever make…

  8. petespringerauthor says:

    Books will always be a great escape. My brother and his wife lost power for most of a week a couple of years back in New Jersey. They went to a neighboring town that had electricity and hung out at the library all day.

  9. jupitergrant says:

    Brilliant 👏 👏 👏

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