migueltio

July 7, 2012

Long Live Pages

Filed under: Poetry — migueltio @ 11:08 am


Today I bought a BOOK
A WHAT?
A BOOK!
A NOOK?
NO NOT A NOOK!
I bought a BOOK
Aye no me das
that loco eyed look!

A book
with pages
WHAT?
PAGES!
Those things
we have been turning
down through the ages
with our eyes
and our fingers
they thoroughly engage us
that techies think
are totally outrageous
but with them no error
will ever
enrage us!

A book is NOT The Nook
a book is NOT The Kindle
a book is NOT obsolete
like some medieval spindle
a book is more intimate
with artistry
with invention
each edition has
different character
not narrow screen attention
you take a book
and hold it close
to your warming heart
the contents touch you
as you skip a beat
coming closer
yet closer
to the very best part.

When comparing
a Kindle
or a Nook
to a book
WAIT!
STOP!
DO NOT START
WITH THAT LOOK!
Remember when you gave
your teddy bear a hug
so cute
so cuddly
like a bug in a rug?
Then trying
the same
with a Tickle Me Elmo
was a mechanical toy
the same?
HELL NO!

You CANNOT drag me
away with a hook
from the presence
in my life
of a full fledged
BOOK!!

~Miguel

*This poem is written with full compassion for some friends I have who NEED to use either the Kindle or Nook for medical reasons. For that kind of reason, I commend their invention and to those friends I send my love.

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