November 28, 2012 § Leave a comment
L is for Libraries
All the good L-words –
liberty, learning, love –
prosper in the pages of a book.
All the books –
ordered in their houses –
form a family of libraries.
All their carers –
technicians in the transport of ideas –
come together, group with group.
In all the nations –
fierce, free or fettered –
a hope of harmony rises.
So we assemble –
words, thoughts and images –
embodied in our very human forms
My magical moments began
in a city library, sixty years ago.
A Beatrix Potter book opened my eyes
to a world of words and pictures.
The library gave me the key
to my own imagination.
And around me, growing up,
I saw others finding knowledge
and the pleasures of words
in Carnegie’s rooms, these national dams
against ignorance and blank minds, in a time
when Councils had ideals, foresight, and courage.