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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: The Book Store/Library (06/03/10)

TITLE: The on-line bookstore sale
By dub W
06/04/10


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I havenít bought a book
In a bookstore or nook
Since time was but awhile
My bookstore said to file
A paper to ease debt
An act of deep regret
Oh, why did it leave me
Out of the reading tree
So unfair I cannot
Stay for days cold or hot
Or scan for authorís name
It isnít just the same
For now I shop on line
Takes a minute of time
I look at pages few
Downloaded for a view
Then look at several more
And click on three or four
Two I move to wish list
One deleted, no gist
No clerk to ask what is
Not suggest her or his
No live interaction
No smiling faces on
Just mouse clicks on the right
For anything in sight
A password all thatís key
The account seen is me
One more click and Iím in
My purchase does begin
A credit card clears way
A simper way to pay
My books arrive by mail
The online bookstore sale.


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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 06/10/10
So sad in such a poetic way. Sometimes technology does just the opposite of what we might wish for.
Brenda Shipman06/11/10
Ha! I really got into the skin of this character, and can relate so well - very true to life. Amazon books dept. and I are good friends! Creative take on the topic, for sure.
Phee Paradise 06/16/10
I can't tell whether it's sad to shop on line or whether it's good cause it's so convenient. I think your poem captures the dilemma.
Kimberly Russell06/16/10
I'm unusual in the fact that real books don't hold much interest for me *gasp* so I don't find the whole concept sad. To go into a bookstore is such sensory overload, it never was much fun (libraries as well). Too many books-so little time. And now I'm a Kindle person so I've stepped up to a new level. That being said, I really liked this poem. It relayed great emotion and drew the reader in (even for a person that couldn't really relate). That, to me, means it was WELL done. Really enjoyed- great job.
Verna Cole Mitchell 06/16/10
Very clever, creative take on the topic. I loved it.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 06/16/10
I admit, I too, often buy books online. I fear the bookstores may fade away. You did a great job in making me want to visit my local book store, or at the very least drop in on the library.
Rachel Phelps06/16/10
I love the concept of this poem. I have been in a lot of bookstores recently, and have thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I had some trouble with the rhythm of this, but I'm no poem expert, so I'll leave that for those who are. Realy great lines in here.
Susan Montaperto06/16/10
Living in the computer age has made things very efficient, but also greatly depersonalized how we do things. Thank you for describing it very through the use of poetry.