The Books Poem by Veeraiyah Subbulakshmi

The Books

Rating: 5.0

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.

Saturday, May 26, 2012
Topic(s) of this poem: life,people
Rajnish Manga 14 December 2014

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.

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Roseann Shawiak 11 January 2015

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

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K. V. Venkataramana 19 January 2018

Wonderful poem. Good comparison- books and people.

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Deep Paul 01 April 2018

A very good writing, about books.nice work.congrats

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Aniruddha Pathak 30 August 2018

A lovely write on books. You may read my poem 'There are books and books'.

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Books are my closest friends

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Chinedu Dike 24 April 2020

Well conceived and nicely crafted in persuasive expressions with conviction. A brilliant piece on books.

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Rajendran Muthiah 12 April 2020

The last two lines have hidden meaning to apply several areas of human life. The poet's nature of being a voracious reader is seen in the lines. Buying, reading, preserving and looking into the books again and again are essential for availing the full use of books. The contents of the poem will teach so much to the young.

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Rajnish Manga 10 April 2020

The poem outlines the place of books in our life as well as the etiquette that the reader should adhere to while reading a book or its preservation. Thanks again. This is my second visit.

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Kumarmani Mahakul 30 March 2020

Life becomes full of love, care, responsibility, duty and success when we read book and gain knowledge. We can solve any misunderstanding through the art of knowledge of book. Writing and reading give us reflective learning and perception. This is a great poem indeed.

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