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  My Good Book
by David Arthur Walters
Saturday, June 25, 2005
Rated "G" by the Author.

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It is obtuse but it is mine.



I seek to borrow the only good book
With a perfect beginning, perfect end,
And I shall rest it in its perfect nook,
Where nothing further is left to defend:
Therein I shall find my perfect meaning,


All too long have I been loath to pretend
To be somebody I knew I was not,
Sneaking around the corners like a crook,
Striving to steal somebody else's plot,
While my unwanted garden was wanting.


After the good book's end, what have I got?
Heaven, without another book to read.
The end of history will comfort me;
Yet another book would just make me bleed:
There must be a good end to this trifling.


Thus one book and only one book I need,
Something very simple to begin with:
Nothing in the beginning is my creed.
And after Nothing you will find my myth:
Take or leave it, that is my being.


If it ends in Paradise with a fifth,
After some grand fortune has been well spent,
Or otherwise concludes, true to its pith,
Then safely to me has my book been lent:
I shall return it to its perfect nook.



Thanksgiving Day 2001




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Reviewed by Regis Schilken 7/26/2011
what nameth this, thy perfect book?
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 12/31/2006
as the author of a memoir--your words had a familiar ring-i enjoyed reading.
Reviewed by alejapoet@aol.com Bennett 10/6/2006
Books are so neat smelly fresh and good looking when we first purchase them but after a while it has it's wear and tear right. I liked this one too.
Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU 5/22/2006
"My Good Book" took me on an ontological and teleological trip within the cosmos of my soul... "My Good Book" glows like a Sirius.

Thank You for posting this treasure, Poet!


Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 7/7/2005
David,

Your soul is an interesting read--enjoyed this one! VERY much.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla. :)
Reviewed by jude forese 7/1/2005
a most profound glimpse into your soul's inspired book ...
Reviewed by Theresa Koch 6/29/2005
I absolutely love this piece dear friend your heart and mind show for all to see their brilliance!!!

Exquisite~`*
Reviewed by E T Waldron 6/25/2005
Your wondrous mind works in witty ways to
delight the thoughts of those who read you...

Eileen
Reviewed by Aberjhani 6/25/2005
No literature quite so profound as the book of one's own life and those pages that keep the soul's company throughout that life. Enjoyed this great poem very much.

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