veeraiyah subbulakshmi


A book.


Shelves of books with variant topics:
Medicine, Engineering and comics,
Languages, Management and Marketing,
Tourism, Text books and Computing,
House hold, Carpentry and plumbing,
Trucks, Driving and operating.
Must choose one to taste,
Read regularly to last,
A full term of life and love,
Nourish it with the dose of care,
Can buy it from the stores,
That sells New, second hand and old,
When the new book is bought,
The smell itself fresh and great,
To remember for the life throughout,
Keep it as a Holy book and enjoy,
When the used books are purchased,
Rarely used books, never opened,
A few half read and half left,
A few stained and battered,
A few has the quotations underlined,
When the old books are bought,
The papers are oxidized and yellow,
Touch it, fragile, handle with care,
Though the contents may be good,
Prints are washed out and hard to see,
Heavily tainted of weather.
Whether you buy the new or the used book,
Make sure that you choose the right book,
Then read chapter by chapter leaving no nook,
Sometimes it thrills and shrills,
It is hilarious and comical,
If it is full of mysteries,
Try to solve it with your knowledge,
Don't slam and tear it,
Not touch it with your drug fingers,
Not read it with your spirited mind,
You will misunderstand the contents,
Promise yourself you will not make,
Your book an used and neglected book again.

Submitted: Saturday, May 26, 2012

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  • Gold Star - 12,220 Points Roseann Shawiak (1/11/2015 11:20:00 PM)

    Great poem and dear to my heart is the subject of all books, as I have over 7,000 books of my own. I read them and cannot bear to part with them, as my knowledge and thoughts have been grown from reading them. Especially love the really old books from the 1800's,1920's through the 1960's, their voices ring truths from the past and are being held mostly true today. Reading takes me around the world, into people's minds, cultures, etc. while sitting in my own home. Really great poem, I love it! Profound write, I have enjoyed it! Thank you, RoseAnn (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 6,128 Points Rajnish Manga (12/14/2014 1:37:00 PM)

    From start to the end, every single word of your poem appears to be written by me. Isn't it the impact and appeal of your subtle description of how the books (new and old) have been procured and how they ought to be preserved. Thanks for sharing the poem which is now a favourite. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,188 Points Kanniappan Kanniappan (8/14/2013 8:39:00 PM)

    You are right, I got very old books like PuRanaanURu (published in 1960) , soodaamaNi nikaNtu (published in 1917 price 10 anna) and Sarvasamaya samarasak kiirththanaikaL by Maayavaram Vedhanaayakam Pillai (published in 1941price 12 anna) when one of the rooms cleaned in my native home. These were treasures I am trying to read. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 735 Points S.D. TIWARI (5/18/2013 10:30:00 PM)

    Very descriptive write about books. With a book you never feel alone. Nice inspiring poem. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 568 Points Shahzia Batool (4/22/2013 1:35:00 AM)

    well-advised! thanks for your own notes that helped in understanding the real symbolism running in the lines... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Raj Arumugam (1/9/2013 3:37:00 AM)

    an insightful poem about the relationship between the book and the reader....good one, VS (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 34 Points Ramdas Bhandarkar (5/27/2012 4:11:00 AM)

    Whether you buy the new or
    the used book,
    Make sure that you choose the
    right book,
    Then read chapter by chapter
    leaving no nook

    One of that warnings!
    _/\_
    Namaste
    Thank you!
    Ramdas Bhandarkar. (Report) Reply

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