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APED: "book gremlins"

June 1st, 2009 (11:14 pm)

In the back of the book, where the pages all end,
under the endleaf, that's where they sleep:
the book's tiny gremlins. They're no reader's friends.
Late in the night, they'll emerge, and they'll creep --
back through the pages you read and remember,
and move the bits that you best liked away,
when you won't find them again, soon or ever.
Then they'll hide the book you would take with you today.
And they'll lose all your bookmarks, and make careful edits,
increasing the typos and errors per page,
sometimes mixing pages, so you'll think you've read it,
and question your sanity for buying it again.
And they'll laugh and they'll giggle, deep in your bookshelves,
they'll drive away readers, they cry. That's their boast.
But now they are few. They never taught themselves
the parasite's credo: don't kill the host

Comments

Posted by: vito excalibur (vito_excalibur)
Posted at: June 2nd, 2009 03:51 am (UTC)

Ooooooooh. *shivers*

I think you're getting better at these.

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: June 3rd, 2009 04:38 am (UTC)

I find it much more comfortable to blame my absent-mindedness on malevolent beasties than on, y'know, me.

(Thanks!)

Posted by: Mari (marici)
Posted at: June 2nd, 2009 07:27 am (UTC)
books!

Agreed -- your poems have gotten better and more interesting. I'm really impressed by the dedication, and by the obvious improvements as you stick to them.

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: June 3rd, 2009 04:40 am (UTC)

Thanks very much! It's always interesting to hear what other people think. For my part, I feel like there are peaks and valleys -- some of the earlier ones are still right up there, so I can't say it's steady improvement. But I haven't quit coming up with good ones yet!

Edited at 2009-06-03 04:41 am (UTC)

Posted by: mendori (mendori)
Posted at: June 2nd, 2009 08:13 am (UTC)

I have a story sketch, laying around, about a librarian at a very small, unknown school, who finds that his library and the campus are plagued with unusual critters. One of the things I imagined was him tracking down imps that had been pressed between the pages of books.

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: June 3rd, 2009 04:43 am (UTC)

Lady Cottington, call your office! :)

I like the idea of a haunted library, whether by ghosts or mysterious beasties.

Posted by: oracne - Victoria Janssen (oracne)
Posted at: June 2nd, 2009 01:17 pm (UTC)

Cool!

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: June 3rd, 2009 04:43 am (UTC)

Thank you!

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