A Book Spine Poem: The Once and Future King

I saw this fabulous idea just today over on Stan Carey’s blog: Book spine poems.

I went around to my bookcases and grabbed a book here, another there, until my arms could barely hold them comfortably and I was in danger of capsizing.

This was a strangely intimate process. I felt more turned inside out of myself than I expected, perhaps more aware of parts of my brain than usual when writing a poem.

For then, I’m usually sunk within the creativity and not thinking of myself at all. Here I was all active and alive and lit up, yet at the same time in a trance-like state focusing on nothing but these books.

I can’t wait to do this again.

Here’s what I came up with, and thank goodness for punctuation:

Book spine poem #1

The Once & Future King

The once and future king,
 A river in the sky.
 Life, the universe, and everything;
 The mote in God’s eye.

At the back of the North Wind,
 beyond the looking glass,
 The end of faith — 
 It’s easier than you
 think.

…does it matter?


Originally published at thehouseofbeck.com on February 17, 2016.

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