On My Bookshelf

On my bookshelf…

…there is a shelf which holds
nothing but books on religion.
I consider myself neither a preacher
or a disciple, merely one who
seeks the elusive path.

…there is a shelf which holds
nothing but business books.
I consider myself neither successful
or a leader, merely one who
struggles amidst greater dreams.

…there is a shelf which holds
noting but old atlases.
I consider myself neither traveled
nor experienced, merely one who
seeks more than familiar roads.

…there is a shelf which holds
nothing more than history tomes.
I consider myself neither knowledgable
nor learned, merely one who
strives to not repeat mistakes.

…there is a shelf which holds
nothing but poetry and literature.
I consider myself neither a poet
or an author, merely a man who
who searches for words.

…there is a shelf which holds
nothing but pictures of family.
I consider myself the luckiest of men.

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10 responses to “On My Bookshelf

  1. being a seeker is a high calling itself…ha…i dont take much to what we call ourselves either…but your bookshelf sure sounds a lot like mine…

  2. Oh this is great, I’m crazy for the ending.

  3. I like all your shelves of books and photos – we seekers need them to feed us.

  4. nice repetitive lines…i specially like “one / who seeks more than familiar roads”…and a lovely end…

  5. I love “merely a man who searches for words”, and the shelf of family photos – true wealth!

  6. I really enjoyed both the subtle variations in your refrain and the close; reminders of family and friends are so precious.

  7. Wonderful theme/delivery. Well done!

  8. All of it – awakened words here in this piece. My first visit here – and I’m comin’ back.

  9. What a wonderful bookshelf.. but I do think you are a poet Mark… so probably you are a historian and a businessman as well 🙂

  10. Wonderful theme, varied book shelf. You feel the things that are important, and you are a wonderful poet.

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

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