Books: My Books and I by Edgar A. Guest


I don’t know about you, but I LOVE books. I have gotten hours of pleasure from reading a fiction book that sparks my imagination and takes me to different lands and exotic climes, and that introduce me to “people” that I never would have met otherwise.

I have also learned so much about Life and the world by reading a wide variety of non-fiction books.   I’m curious about and fascinated by the thoughts, experiences, discoveries, and personal philosophies of other people. These books have helped me learn and understand more about myself and thus improve my life.

This week, I’d like to discuss with you the books I’m currently reading and enjoying and I’d be very pleased to hear about the ones you are reading. With that in mind, I found this poem about books. Enjoy!


My Books and I

by Edgar A. Guest


My books and I are good old pals:

           My laughing books are gay,

         Just suited for my merry moods

             When I am wont to play.

         Bill Nye comes down to joke with me

             And, Oh, the joy he spreads.

         Just like two fools we sit and laugh

           And shake our merry heads.


         When I am in a thoughtful mood,

             With Stevenson I sit,

         Who seems to know I’ve had enough

           Of Bill Nye and his wit.

         And so, more thoughtful than I am,

           He talks of lofty things,

         And thus an evening hour we spend

             Sedate and grave as kings.


         And should my soul be torn with grief

             Upon my shelf I find

         A little volume, torn and thumbled,

           For comfort just designed.

         I take my little Bible down

           And read its pages o’er,

         And when I part from it I find

           I’m stronger than before.


Your Friend and Pep Pal,


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