While looking at some poems about books, I came across one that articulates beautifully how much of a friend they can be and how much comfort they can offer to us. I thought it was just lovely and so decided I would share it. Read and feel loved.
Good Books by Edgar Guest
Good books are friendly things to own.
If you are busy they will wait.
They will not call you on the phone
Or wake you if the hour is late.
They stand together row by row,
Upon the low shelf or the high.
But if you’re lonesome this you know:
You have a friend or two nearby.
The fellowship of books is real.
They’re never noisy when you’re still.
They won’t disturb you at your meal.
They’ll comfort you when you are ill.
The lonesome hours they’ll always share.
When slighted they will not complain.
And though for them you’ve ceased to care
Your constant friends they’ll still remain.
Good books your faults will never see
Or tell about them round the town.
If you would have their company
You merely have to take them down.
They’ll help you pass the time away,
They’ll counsel give if that you need.
He has true friends for night and day
Who has a few good books to read.
(I couldn’t find a publication date for this work or the name of the collection it appeared in. All credit goes to the author: Edgar Guest 1881 – 1959)
(Image: Sarah Kreig)