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by  Beanie Baby

Posted: Thursday, August 20, 2009
Word Count: 136
Summary: I for one am becoming increasingly concerned about all the publicitu electronic reading gadgets are getting. It is a complete OUTRAGE!!! Anyway, this (wonderfully spontaneous) poem came to me yesterday, got tweaked at 7 o' clock this morning and is now here for everyonne to see. Please print it off and put it up in your window, or send it to your local book shop (I have ten copies I am sending off today) because if we writers can't stop this scandal, nothing will!!!!!




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Jilly Henderson-Long

NO!
We must not lose the humble book
No matter what they say
I DO NOT want to carry
Nasty e-books everyday.
I WANT to properly turn the page
With finger and with thumb,
Not twiddle button, switch or
Knob once reading has begun.
I DO NOT like the scary thought
Of book shops gone to pot.
Or libraries slamming shut their doors
And sealing with a lock.
Nothing will replace the smell
Of new unopened tomes
Nor the thrill of seeing our
Collections fill our homes.
WE MUST protect the precious book
Its history is unique
It entertains, it educates
It stimulates, it speaks.
Iím all for progress marching on
But Progress is a crook
If evolution means we have
TO GIVE UP ON THE BOOK!

© J P HENDERSON-LONG 2009