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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
what nameth this, thy perfect book?
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan
as the author of a memoir--your words had a familiar ring-i enjoyed reading.
Reviewed by Bennett
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
"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

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

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

Reviewed by E T Waldron
Your wondrous mind works in witty ways to
delight the thoughts of those who read you...

Reviewed by Aberjhani
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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