Written for: Poetic Asides 2019 April PAD Challenge – Day 11
“For today’s prompt, write a dedication poem. This is a poem dedicated to a person, an animal, or an organization. Or hey, objects work too–like a poem to a rock or paper bag. Put the dedication in the title or in a line under the title (“for Mother” or “to the heart-shaped rock between the creek and the tulips”). I dedicate today’s prompt to all of you!”
Praise to you O books–hardcover
or paperback–sitting on shelves,
spines straight, covers multi-
colored–eerie, intriguing, romantic.
Stacked into categories by genre–
mystery, romance, sci-fi, horror,
poetry, and how-to’s. Not concerned
with any accompanying
quotes, just a jacket to condense
your story for me. If you reside
in a library, I must be diligent.
Reading is confined to a time
period. Open you up, late at night,
light over my bed to illuminate
pages, and oh, if I am hooked
at start, I may read many chapters
before we must part.
Praise to you O books, you introduce
me to a myriad of people and cultures.
You are a silent teacher, and I
a willing pupil.