Hans Ostrom

Gold Star - 4,719 Points (1954 / California)

Solitary Book - Poem by Hans Ostrom

She's a solitary book. She

wants a shelf all to herself.

She's well printed inside

and bound with a durable,

beautiful cover. She's full

of ideas, pathos, and humor.

Sometimes she invites me in.

There it is a local heaven.

From her name and table

of contents through to the

colophon, back and forth

I go along innumerable paths,

knowing her story in some

of its endless ways. It's never

long before she sends me away.

She likes a shelf all to herself

and is most comfortable when


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Topic(s) of this poem: books, reading, solitude

Form: Couplet

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Poem Submitted: Monday, April 23, 2018

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