Bibliophile

by Erina Booker

Bibliophile

by Erina Booker

I was your unique, special edition book,
read as some unimaginable artefact:
your fortune, your raison d’être –
you opened me with astonishment
oh so slowly smoothing down each page
with your beautiful hands –
no bent corners
no margin scribbles
all pristine,
reading with absorption
no skimming
no skipping
each word a gem of your Truth;
In your pocket
everywhere you went,
(too afraid to leave me alone
in case I was stolen, you said),
embellishing my words
with colour and light and fire –
an illuminated manuscript,
your name copperplated inside my front cover.
But when that one-way door
closed behind you
I was still in your pocket.
I now write myself down
over and over and over
onto blank pieces of paper.

©Erina Booker 2015

About Erina Booker

Erina Booker is a writer, teacher, and counsellor, and her life has been largely about words and the many uses of language. She has written poetry for most of her life, studying at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, and completing a major in Literature within her Bachelor of Arts degree from Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia. Currently, she has five collections of poems in print. Her sixth, ‘Coalescence’, is her first collaborative venture into the fusion of art and poetry. Her background covers a further range of studies & interests, including Post Graduate Counselling, Applied Science in Medical Imaging, & also Musical Performance with the instruments of piano, flute, and ‘cello. Added to which, she owned and ran a sheep farm in the Central Tablelands of New South Wales for ten years, breeding black sheep, and enjoying the deep connection she feels with the natural world. Her varied experiences inform her writing as she draws on an intricate tapestry of events. Erina Booker lives in Sydney, Australia.

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