Songs of Eretz Poetry Review is pleased to present “Books I've Been Meaning To Read” by F. J. Bergmann. Mrs. Bergmann’s work appeared previously in the Review where a brief bio may be found: http://eretzsongs.blogspot.com/2014/06/poetry-review-special-feature-cosmic.html.
Books I've Been Meaning To Read
F. J. Bergmann
The books I've been meaning to read
read, someday. There are still a few
patches of carpet showing. These are
the books that matter, good books,
books that could show me the way.
My husband swears if he trips on them
once more he'll ... A book can take you
on a trip, a book is like a sailing ship.
These books are a flotilla, a fleet,
an armada of sunken three-masters
with their skeletonized crews, crazily
skewed, littering the continental shelf.
They are important, they are mine,
they are something I will get around to,
he can get around them if he tries. I am
trying, okay? I have not read them yet
but when I do, everything will become
clear and orderly. Somewhere in these
books, when I have the time to sit down
and look through them carefully, there is
a book that will explain everything.
That book will change my life: it will
remedy all the deficiencies of fortune.
And it will pick up all the other books
and put them away.
Poet’s Notes: I worked in a used-book store (not to be confused with a used bookstore) for nearly a decade and spent far too much of my paycheck in the store itself. This was written at a time when the accumulation had gotten particularly out of hand. We have discovered that constructing a paperback-sized shelf at ceiling height all the way around the living room has freed up three bookcases--for more books, of course.
Editor’s Note: Now here is a sentiment we bookish folk can certainly appreciate--and nicely expressed, too!