Wednesday, January 9, 2013


Taking A Book Off The Shelf

The mystery or the irony
or whatever you wish to call it
may be this —

the writer you read
whom you consider great
may be a true son of a bitch

in real life, this life we live in,
he or she may have solid wisdom
in the pages, though is impossible

to live with, or to live, period —
but what must not be forgotten:
this great work that has for whatever

reasons made you feel great
is enduring
and you may be, too


Bob Arnold
from Beautiful Days
(Longhouse 2013) 

photo © susan arnold