Dogeared Pages

There are bent corners on the pages
of the old book,
not the intentional dogeared mark
of a favorite passage
but the random damage of being
shoved into full shelves
or empty pockets.
The arbitrary nature of the damage
is almost as sad as having
hopeful expectations and turning
to a page
of no significance.



Filed under Poetry

14 responses to “Dogeared Pages

  1. This is what happens when I have books that I mean to read & finish but never got around to do it ~ I feel sad for those books with bent corners ~

  2. Ah, but it’s a book! So every page has significance! Still, a kind of lonliness here that is very poignant. k.

  3. lilystrange

    I’m thinking about my dad a lot today. It would have been his 78th birthday. He had a huge library full of books. My mother can’t bear to part with them.
    My 55 is in his honor. It’s here.

  4. Yes, it’s a bit sad, but who of us makes it through without a few bends and creases? Sadder still is a book in pristine condition that has never been oopened, never been read.

  5. Interesting…yes…I’ve often sought out those “special” pages hoping for something profound and shattering. 🙂 Nicely done!

  6. A poignant poem. It’s me that’s dog-eared and lacking significance. I thank God that there are still books to be read.

  7. “Awakened Words” has been included in the A Sunday Drive for this week. Be assured that I hope this helps to point even more new visitors in your direction.

  8. I quite like a book which bears the evidence of travel and much reading – but a page of no significance in books and life is a sorry thing indeed.

  9. This is a great metaphor, Mark Our objects reflect ourselves so many times–there’s a sense of waste and of sadness in a book that can’t be treasured, even if perhaps it isn’t the best book ever. Thanks very much for participating in the challenge.

  10. I know, right? I’ve done that, and then been like, wow, it’s just a random page.

  11. like getting a door ding… ~

  12. Helen

    … not sure which is worse.

  13. Oh. Accidents that aren’t lucky. Saddened expectations!

  14. But the randomness of life can turn up both things of uttermost importance and things you never need…

Some of what I write is true, some is fiction; most is merely possibility.

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