Don’t Go Into the Library, by Alberto Rios

Don’t Go Into the Library

The library is dangerous—Don’t go in. If you do
You know what will happen.It’s like a pet store or a bakery—
Every single time you’ll come out of thereHolding something in your arms.
Those novels with their big eyes.And those no-nonsense, all muscle
Greyhounds and Dobermans,All non-fiction and business,
Cuddly when they’re young,But then the first page is turned.
The doughnut scent of it all, knowledge,
The aroma of coffee being made
In all those books, something for everyone,The deli offerings of civilization itself.
The library is the book of books,Its concrete and wood and glass covers
Keeping within them the very big,Very long story of everything.
The library is dangerous, fullOf answers. If you go inside,
You may not come outThe same person who went in. - Alberto Rios

Alberto Rios