Songs of Eretz Poetry Review is pleased to present “Reading Companions” by Mary Soon Lee, Poet of the Week. A brief biography of Ms. Lee may be found here: http://eretzsongs.blogspot.com/2015/03/poet-of-week-mary-soon-lee.html.
Mary Soon Lee
A house should be lined with bookshelves,
against a sudden craving for a taste of Venice --
phrases poling you down the Grand Canal
past pages of crumbling palaces, past bedtime
till you find yourself sitting in a cold room,
stiff, the mug beside you empty,
and the book done.
A house should be lined with bookshelves:
Shakespeare, Yeats, Thucydides, Tolkien,
plays, poems, histories real and imagined;
one shelf for calculus, another for home repairs.
And for a few years, if you are lucky,
put the children's books on the bottom shelves
so you can sit with a reading companion
plumped in your lap for the adventures of Pooh.
Poet's Notes: My old books are like old friends. Many of the books that I read as a child have traveled with me through the years from city to city. Yesterday I just finished reading Watership Down to my daughter. The cover is falling off it now, but it has been with me for nearly forty years, and I don't want to replace it with a new edition or an electronic version.
Editor’s Notes: Reminds me of my own house. Love it! And my thank you to the poet for including Tolkien along with Shakespeare.