Poem created in response to Robert Lee Brewer’s 2011 April PAD Challenge: Day 28, 28 Apr 2011.
In our effort to go green,
save money, and be more portable,
we have begun to use less paper
while increasing our reliance
on computers and electronics.
Many no longer buy books,
preferring to load their favorite
stories onto an e-Reader.
For me though, you can keep
your e-readers. I’ll gladly
pay my bills and read my news
electronically, but I read books.
You can’t replace the sound
of the spine being cracked open
for the first time or the smell
of a new or very old book.
One other loss is the already
rare “Behold! Here are the
lost scribblings of <Writer X>,
found stuffed away in the back
of the desk drawer that I just
bought off the auction block.”