I spend a lot of time in libraries.
Know every book, on every shelf.
Because when I’m not alone in libraries
I’m left with no one save myself.
It can be lonely outside libraries;
Lonely most other places, true.
But I’m not alone in libraries
When I see how lone are you.
You are left alone in libraries.
I have rarely seen you used.
You live your whole life inside libraries
Kicked; stood on; and abused.
I’ve no time for you in libraries
Because I’m already close to heaven.
Lost foot stools inside libraries
Are not for those who’re six foot seven.
© Fergus Longfellow
Fergus Longfellow doesn’t need any help reaching the high shelves.