Veeraiyah Subbulakshmi

The Books - Poem by Veeraiyah Subbulakshmi

These people seem to be like the books,
scattered all around in different cues,
Shelves of books with variant topics:
Medicine, Engineering and comics,
Languages, Management and Marketing,
Tourism, Text books and Computing,
House hold, Carpentry and plumbing,
Trucks, Driving and operating.
Must choose one to taste,
Read regularly to last,
A full term of life and love,
Nourish it with the dose of care,
Can buy it from the stores,
That sells New, second hand and old,
When the new book is bought,
The smell itself fresh and great,
To remember for the life throughout,
Keep it as a Holy book and enjoy,
When the used books are purchased,
Rarely used books, never opened,
A few half read and half left,
A few stained and battered,
A few has the quotations underlined,
When the old books are bought,
The papers are oxidized and yellow,
Touch it, fragile, handle with care,
Though the contents may be good,
Prints are washed out and hard to see,
Heavily tainted of weather.
Whether you buy the new or the used book,
Make sure that you choose the right book,
Then read chapter by chapter leaving no nook,
Sometimes it thrills and shrills,
It is hilarious and comical,
If it is full of mysteries,
Try to solve it with your knowledge,
Don't slam and tear it,
Not touch it with your drug fingers,
Not read it with your spirited mind,
You will misunderstand the contents,
Promise yourself you will not make,
Your book an used and neglected book again.

Topic(s) of this poem: life, people

Form: Free Verse

Comments about The Books by Veeraiyah Subbulakshmi

  • K. V. Venkataramana (1/19/2018 5:10:00 AM)

    Wonderful poem. Good comparison- books and people. (Report) Reply

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  • Prabhata Kumar Sahoo (4/3/2017 7:08:00 AM)

    I love your passion for books. (Report) Reply

  • (9/9/2016 9:57:00 AM)

    As an avid reader of books, I loved your poem on books. As you have mentioned in the first line, the images apply equally to people too, which is wonderful.

    Must choose one to taste, ........ last,
    A full term of life and love, .....
    Make sure that you choose right...

    What a write! Thanks for sharing.10.
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  • Hazel Durham (9/4/2016 7:28:00 AM)

    Books entertain and enlighten us to new peoples, places and situations, they become like a best friend we can rely on their contents to make us feel happy and to relate to the stories of our favourite books is a bond of moving our souls to find another soul like us!
    Beautiful write on the importance of books in our lives and thank you for your wonderful comments on my new poem!
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  • Indira Renganathan (9/1/2016 2:18:00 AM)

    Promise yourself you will not make,
    Your book an used and neglected book again....most important... very well strung words...very much inspiring
    VS...thanks for sharing it here...also thanks for your comment on my poem
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  • Hans Vr (1/31/2016 9:02:00 AM)

    Many of the joys and feelings connected to books, so nicely described in this poem, have been part of my own experience. The books I love most are the ones with yellow pages, quite often in a real bad physical shape, but still finding so much pleasure and wisdom in the pages, upon each time they are in my hands. (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (12/19/2015 7:30:00 AM)

    Books are needed in life. Nice work. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Wes Vogler (11/18/2015 2:06:00 AM)

    Greetings. My bookstore was called Babbling Books I spent 22 happy years there listening to Mozart piano concertos. Retired for years and in a condominium of none under age 55. Good people. I had to buy many book shelves to contain my collection. A friendly crowding. I enjoyed your dissertation immensely. ta Wes
    Once again the ridiculous machine claims incorrect verification code. I shall go away and come back
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  • Bharati Nayak (9/17/2015 4:23:00 AM)

    The poem is an interesting read.All the book lovers become nostalgic when they talk about the books they loved to read, The new books carry the freshness and smell of prints.But the old books discovered years later or second hand books purchased from bookstores selling old books carry some mysteriousness about them. They have the imprints of old owner, his habits of reading, the sentences he underlined, the quotations he marked or the portions he left unread.Whether he was a child, , teenager, young man or woman, or any old man.How many hands it had passed through, whether dead or alive and so many other things.I like the idea that old books collected by kabadiwallas are sold in bookstores and can be re used and can be available to other readers.Thanks for sharing such a nice poem. (Report) Reply

  • Geeta Radhakrishna Menon (8/23/2015 3:29:00 AM)

    Interesting to see a poem on books. A book is a book whether old, new, tattered or torn. I too have a huge collection of books. They are my best friends. (Report) Reply

  • Abdulrazak Aralimatti (7/19/2015 1:45:00 AM)

    Thank you, poetess for your poem, inspiring me to read and take care of books. (Report) Reply

  • (7/10/2015 12:07:00 AM)

    Books - full of knowledge. It's where we get much of our education from. Yes, it's good to care for your books and keep them safe. Good advice. Thanks. (Report) Reply

  • (1/11/2015 11:20:00 PM)

    Great poem and dear to my heart is the subject of all books, as I have over 7,000 books of my own. I read them and cannot bear to part with them, as my knowledge and thoughts have been grown from reading them. Especially love the really old books from the 1800's,1920's through the 1960's, their voices ring truths from the past and are being held mostly true today. Reading takes me around the world, into people's minds, cultures, etc. while sitting in my own home. Really great poem, I love it! Profound write, I have enjoyed it! Thank you, RoseAnn (Report) Reply

  • Rajnish Manga (12/14/2014 1:37:00 PM)

    From start to the end, every single word of your poem appears to be written by me. Isn't it the impact and appeal of your subtle description of how the books (new and old) have been procured and how they ought to be preserved. Thanks for sharing the poem which is now a favourite. (Report) Reply

  • (8/14/2013 8:39:00 PM)

    You are right, I got very old books like PuRanaanURu (published in 1960) , soodaamaNi nikaNtu (published in 1917 price 10 anna) and Sarvasamaya samarasak kiirththanaikaL by Maayavaram Vedhanaayakam Pillai (published in 1941price 12 anna) when one of the rooms cleaned in my native home. These were treasures I am trying to read. (Report) Reply

  • Heather Wilkins (7/2/2013 6:08:00 PM)

    books, books, I love books. I grew up reading books and enjoying them. nice write (Report) Reply

  • S.d. Tiwari (5/18/2013 10:30:00 PM)

    Very descriptive write about books. With a book you never feel alone. Nice inspiring poem. (Report) Reply

  • Shahzia Batool (4/22/2013 1:35:00 AM)

    well-advised! thanks for your own notes that helped in understanding the real symbolism running in the lines... (Report) Reply

  • (4/22/2013 1:31:00 AM)

    Intriguing with good advice. Enjoyed much. (Report) Reply

  • Raj Arumugam (1/9/2013 3:37:00 AM)

    an insightful poem about the relationship between the book and the reader....good one, VS (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, May 26, 2012

Poem Edited: Monday, August 29, 2016

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