I have an inadequate understanding
Of the book
That lies open before me
A Guide to Rare and Out of Print Books
Volume 23. Although he is now approximately 45.
He still wears the original owner's signature
Has a few creases
And is slightly worn at the edge.
His pages have a linotype that is hard to read.
He is of more value
than the books he can guide one to find.
He is particular and out of print
And has a water mark on his papers.
I, on the other hand
Am easy to acquire, personal and an easy read.
A paperback, thumbed thru and discarded
With no front wrapper to protect.
But one finds loosely inserted among my pages
Curious notes jotted by those
Who carried me carelessly home after purchase.
I was acuired at the Merchantile,
Summer Street, Boston.
My edges are not gilt nor my spine
Handsomely repaired, but
I have been read.
And sometimes I now think,
if we were to be compared
Isn't it that we both had something to share?