These books have been around the block.
These books have done the hard yards.
They’ve had the stuffing knocked out of them
like a much loved teddy bear,
the sort of sorry, scruffy specimens grandparents bring
to ‘The Repair Shop’ ( UK ).
Is there an equivalent place for bruised, battered books?
What happens to them?
Is there a retirement home for old books?
A Hospice where sick books go to die?
Are we allowed to visit?
Is it over for paper books,
like it is for paper bills?
Is the future for books solely digital?
I for one like to hold books
like children teddy bears.