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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Kanniappan Kanniappan 14 August 2013

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.

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Heather Wilkins 02 July 2013

books, books, I love books. I grew up reading books and enjoying them. nice write

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Sd Tiwari 18 May 2013

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

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Shahzia Batool 22 April 2013

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

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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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