Quadrille #148-Papered Poems-Tag Sale Lament

Just pen a poem of precisely 44 words, including some form of the word paper. Link it up by clicking Mr. Linky. Then make your way around to the other posts, to find some of the most talented pen-and-paper-pushers around. The prompt is open for the whole week, so remember to come back and read (and write) some more! 

Tag Sale Lament

In a box… the ‘overlooked’
among the ‘unwanted’, lay in decay.
Once treasured enough to fold and ruin.
Crippled rippled bindings grip
read-worn powdery pages.
Within lives an enduring tale.
But material tours don’t last forever.
One dump-defying last chance …
Paperbacks For Free.


22 thoughts on “Quadrille #148-Papered Poems-Tag Sale Lament

  1. De Jackson 03/21/2022 / 6:33 pm

    Oh, love it! I don’t always love the books offered, but some of them are fabulous for blackout poetry! 🙂

    • Susan St.Pierre 03/21/2022 / 6:41 pm

      Much appreciated. Thanks for the GREAT prompt, De Jackson!

      • De Jackson 03/21/2022 / 6:54 pm

        My pleasure! Thanks for the awesome poem!

    • De Jackson 03/21/2022 / 6:54 pm

      PS: I can SMELL this box. I love the smell of old books!

  2. Callsign Ain 03/21/2022 / 8:58 pm

    Lovely concept, and style…one to read aloud…

  3. K.Hartless 03/21/2022 / 10:34 pm

    Oh, those free floppy paperbacks. I try not to hoard them, and yet, they are still happy things, having gone through countless hands. Lovely quadrille, Susan.

      • K.Hartless 03/22/2022 / 10:57 pm

        You’re welcome. 🦋

  4. Ingrid 03/22/2022 / 2:00 am

    Free to a good home, hopefully!

  5. ben Alexander 03/22/2022 / 11:04 am

    I relate to this, Susan – I’ve seen so many boxes of books that people no longer know what to do with…


  6. Jaya Avendel 03/22/2022 / 3:26 pm

    Oh, I find this poem so emotional and lovely! The photo adds a wonderful dimension to the writing as well. ❤

  7. Björn Rudberg (brudberg) 03/23/2022 / 3:54 pm

    I think recycling books is a brilliant idea… I have always wanted to set up a mini outdoor library where people can pick a book if they want.

  8. calmkate 03/24/2022 / 5:18 pm

    well down, some of my best reading has come second hand … I like the thought of sharing goodreads 🙂

  9. msjadeli 03/25/2022 / 1:42 pm

    One person’s castaway is another person’s treasure. Around here we have “Little Free Libraries” where you can take books free and leave books free. A wonderful practice that make a location a community. Nicely done, Susan.

  10. Susan St.Pierre 03/25/2022 / 1:50 pm

    Thank-you. I would love to take part in something like that. No doubt some greedy person would take a bunch to sell at a flea market though. There’s always a tiny few who ruin the good things.

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