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Topic: Bookends (01/30/14)
TITLE: The Supreme Treasure
By Margo McKenzie
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Only a priest, a scholar or king on a throne.
Or one had to rank among the sages.
Then--Renaissance replaced Middle Ages,
Mass producing print across many lands,
Shifting books from the few to many hands.
Diverse books: religious and secular,
Plays, novels, poems in every vernacular.
Collectors would want more than merely one
To show off their wealth when company'd come.
So shelves were built to display all the books,
But they'd fall on their sides, despite owners' tricks.
A firm object would hold books in one place,
So they could stand proud and not fall in disgrace.
Bookends created to buttress, protect,
Keep books in position, keep them erect.
The common--content with the color gray.
But the book proud--an image to display.
No plain, ordinary bookend would do.
Must match the class of the book owner too.
Horse heads of marble, chess pieces of pride.
Bought to protect fragile pages inside.
For many years bookends were all the rage.
Until the rise of the digital age.
Storage and retrieval with just a code
Is all that is needed for a quick download.
Getting words of most text is now quite simple.
All one needs is an iPad or Kindle.
Slowly the need for shelves will disappear.
Some will be alarmed; most won't even care.
If there're no more books, no need for shelves, my friends.
Digitalia? no need for bookends.
Bookends are not the critical measure
The story inside is the supreme treasure.
Of lives grappling with the truths of God.
Lives committed to following The Lord.
Shouting what God whispered in the ear:
Look to Me, and I will always be near.
And extract you from the power of sin.
Reset your feet, a new life to begin.
You'll see great success if you follow me.
Withstand strong winds like the rooted oak tree.
I'll water your roots so you don't weaken,
And bring forth fruit in the proper season.
The story starts here, goes to the beyond.
This book never ends; it goes on and on
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