Is your name written in the book of life…

– Book of Life –

This is a room in which all of life fits,
and therein are many books and just one;
you see soaring arches of stone shaped and
draped in heavy, old wood, dark with age
from the Garden of Eden but yet untouched,
with all of everything bound and shelved,
rows and rows in some divine order
not worth arguing over, only to enjoy,
with spaces for reading, seats at tables,
paper but only pencils for taking notes as
shafts of light cross every view and dust dances
in the show of rhythmed, unhurried air,
in perfect quiet with only small sounds heard,
like a page turning with tender respect,
sighs of satisfaction or stifled laughs
followed by childlike pleas that it be read again,
but in the shadowy recess of a cold corner,
before a skewed chair left untidy
sits an open tome, heavy and solemn,
resting readerless with tear-stained pages,
and it’s title is the Book of Life.

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