The Printed Page

The printed page
is a two-dimensional chapel.

I approach this poem,
this story, this essay,
this biography,
as one might enter
a liturgy, a Mass.
There ought to be
a stoup of holy water
beside the bookshelf!

It need not be a "sacred" text:
it could be Dylan Thomas,
Shakespeare, Dickinson,

Han Shan, Countee Cullen,
Catullus, Mary Oliver.

Here is the place
where spirit encounters spirit
in a momentary communion,
in an admirable exchange.

Here is vitality
and nourishment.
Words that give light.
Thoughts that slake thirst.





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Written on 2018-08-24 at 03:27

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Lawrence Beck The PoetBay support member heart!
Well said!
2018-08-24


josephus The PoetBay support member heart!
The love of books so wonderfully described. Thanks Thomas.
2018-08-24


josephus The PoetBay support member heart!
The love of books so wonderfully described. Thanks Thomas.
2018-08-24


Ashe
The most heartfelt and touching acclamation to the printed page I have ever read. Beautiful!
Ashe
2018-08-24



I admire your passion for books, and I'm sure everyone here, being avid reader themselves, would do as well. But I'd rather have the "despite the absence of a stoup of holy water, is still" than the "ought to be a stoup of..."
2018-08-24