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Jim Yerman

The Corner Bookstore

They say the corner bookstore as an institution is a dying breed
For people now use the internet or E-books when they read.

I was one of those people...as I walked by I would frown
And wonder how a corner bookstore could make it in this town.

Or any town for that matter, because it seemed very clear to me
That old books and the stores that sell them would be lost to technology.

But then something wonderful happened, I started working there
And I realized my initial pessimism was perhaps a tad unfair.

I’ve seen people come in and ask, “Do you mind if I just look
It’s so wonderful to see a store that is still selling books.”

Others close their eyes and take a deep breath the moment they walk in the door.
They open their eyes, smile, and say, “I just love the smell of your store.”

Yes, there are still those people out there, though there numbers are a-dwindle
Who prefer to turn the pages of a book instead of tapping on their Kindle.

Who still find it exciting, wondrous and grand
To be flipping pages of a book they hold lovingly in their hands.

Who still take the time to enjoy the older books, and, no matter how they’re frayed
Still marvel at the care and fidelity with which they all were made.

Who enjoy coming to a bookstore when all is said and done
To browse, to remember, to socialize and to have a little fun.

So although the corner bookstore is not the way most people now read
I do not anymore believe it is a dying breed.

I can see the bookstore has a lot to offer and despite technology’s fast growth
I now believe, in this fast paced world, there is plenty of room for both.

Submitted: Monday, March 31, 2014
Edited: Monday, March 31, 2014

Topic of this poem: books

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  • Rookie - 94 Points Aman Arora (7/3/2014 5:20:00 AM)

    I like the story-telling way of yours. And I am one of those who still reads only hard copies. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Colleen Courtney (3/31/2014 11:50:00 AM)

    Ah yes! A poem written just for me! ! ! My daughter and I also cannot read ebooks! Have to have the feel, smell and enjoyment of turning each page from beginning to end! Unfortunately the small book store has given way to the, larger chain in my area but we will remain happy girls as long as they stay for the long haul!
    In the words of my man Morrissey, There's more to life than just books you know, but not much more! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 11 Points John Brown (3/31/2014 5:23:00 AM)

    My shelves are full of the little beauties Jim. Long live real books! ! Good poem by the way. (Report) Reply

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