Non-new year poem again:

this time on the value of books

Non-new year poem again:
this time on the value of books

the times are still chaotic so how about a
bit of dubious humor till the pendulum
swings? my librarian friend heard this
from a coworker at west branch so
It's surely true – a woman came in to
pay for a lost book "why don't you wait
two weeks? it'll probably show up" "no, it
is a lost book" "but with a little more time – "
"no it is definitely a lost book" "but – but –"
"honey, you're not getting that book back! my
husband was reading that book when he died
and I put it in the coffin with him" the librarian
wordlessly accepted the cost of the book

2021 Jacqueline Jackson

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