Love&Yearning April is the national poetry month . Let’s celebrate that with becoming poetic. I remember when I was in graduate school working and studying in the library most of the time. One late night I started watching people going upstairs and downstairs, between catalog computer and the stacks. I noticed there were sometimes 10 trips or more to find a useful book to write a paper or to define a dissertation. There was a sudden feeling running through my mind and became words. To visualize what I was witnessing , in honor of national poetry month, I like to share those words here.
I work in the library
My library is a hundred years old
With lots of glasses to the sky
With curve ceiling , all around
Patient, Standing, Living with love
Teaching, Talking to everyone:
Let them grow
at own pace, and never never
talking about I
I saw people in the library
looking everywhere, searching everywhere
going up the stairs, down to the basement
looking for the meaning of love
opening the books
copying every possible image
reading the latest magazine
searching the computer; finishing the search by a smile or a cry!
Becoming certain of definition , defining in new ways.
I saw people coming back again, looking everywhere
going up the stairs , down to the basement
looking for the meaning of ….but
never realizing the meaning is not written any where , it has not been defined . The meaning is not the meaning at all.
The love is the library,
Stands there hundred years , to teach.
Nashville, TN 1989