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Your Poem; WHEN A LIBRARY CLOSES.

I wonder, do we need Another boarded-up building In the High Street, Another plywood or shuttered cataract Bearing blind, sclerotic witness To ignorance, wordlessness, decline? I wonder, do we need Another abandoned recess? For the tide of crisp packets and Styrofoam trays To lap and rustle and slap Against another closed door, Another back turned Against the tired, poor, excluded Yearning to be free? I wonder, do we need More rows of empty bookshelves To make way, one day For the commodities to define you Tell you that if you fill your eyes with purchases And stuff your ears with products you can shut out your own humanity? I wonder, can we still speak and sing? I wonder, can we turn the page and bring To all our new generations A sense that to be human Is to talk, debate and argue Discuss, discover and yearn? So many questions But if they lock this door for good Who will provide the answers? by Alan Gibbons
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jan 12, 2012
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