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_Closing Down Sale_

The Bookstore in my home town
Has as sign in the window
Saying "Closing Down"

"Half price on every book".
They were discounted already
So it's worth a look.

A bargain-price Tolkein set?
Or next year's diary
For fifteen pence?

Or "How to make computers fun"?
Or a "Who's Who" volume
That weighs a ton?

An unknown poet's book of verse?
For a couple of pounds
You could do worse.

It's a veritable treasure trove
It's such a pity
It's going to close.

I browse awhile and buy a book.
It's a discount price,
So it's worth a look.

I wish I could browse some more;
here's so much here
In just one store.

But time, it seems, is running down:
Soon the books'll be sold;
The shop'll be gone,

And with it goes (for me at least)
My lunch-break reading;
My hour of peace.

I wonder about the shop to come:
This prime space
Won't be empty long.

But a bookshop I would much prefer
To one selling gifts
Or underwear

Without a bookshop, I have to say
My interest here
Will fade away

I'll have to go to another town
Now that this shop
Is closing down.

And so I say a fond fairwell
To a bookshop
With no more tales to sell.

Spudley Strikes Again

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The following comments are for "Closing Down Sale"
by Spudley

Easy reading here, Spudley, thank you! Just the right amount of emotion over the issue; books are our friends, after all, but not our loved ones. I liked your choice to titles to mention, particularly "How To Have Fun With Computers," considering you are a computer fella, yes? Playful. I enjoyed it, and if it represents a true situation, I am sorry you will be losing a friend.

( Posted by: Feistyfemale [Member] On: December 29, 2002 )

What are words worth when they're sold for half-price, and what happens to the words that, once written, are never sold? Enjoyed this, Spudley, reminds me of a store here in town.

( Posted by: ak7raplt [Member] On: December 29, 2002 )

Thanks for the comments.
And yep, I definitely fall into the category of "computer fella". hehe (is it that easy to tell?! *grin*)
The computer section has always been the least useful part of the shop; they're almost all badly out of date, so I've never bought very much from that section, but every now and then they'd get something really interesting. But that's the way with this sort of bookshop - you never know what sorts of gems you're going to find. I'll miss it.

( Posted by: Spudley [Member] On: December 29, 2002 )

Caught it!
I haven't been all that active on the site of late, I know...Been negleting the poetry in particular...RL ~does~ get in my way sometimes...

Anyway, something about this title caught my eye, and was curious...

This is a sweet 'little' number, Spud, and I can empathise (sp) fully. We have no bookshops locally...:( This poem evoked great sadness in me, and reminded me a little of, ironically, my favourite movie 'You've got Mail'.

"In a few days it'll be something really depressing. Like a Baby Gap."

Keep on...I'll get back on track soon!


( Posted by: Jasmine [Member] On: December 31, 2002 )

real life
Thanks Jasmine. Glad you liked it. :-)
I haven't seen You've Got Mail, but I really hope it doesn't turn into a Gap store! *shudder* ugh, horrors!
Yep, Real Life does get in the way, doesn't it... I'm off on holiday tomorrow, so I'm posting a whole load of comments now to make up for my forthcoming three-week silence. *grin*

( Posted by: Spudley [Member] On: December 31, 2002 )

It's cute. I like it. :)

( Posted by: comus_bassington [Member] On: January 23, 2003 )

not going to be a Gap
Just a quick update for anyone who was interested... :-)

While I was away, the bookshop closed, and the shopfitters are busy remodelling the building.

It isn't going to be a Gap store, but it's still going to be pretty depressing - it's going to be a card shop. :-(
(Personally I'd have thought that shop unit is way too big for a card shop, but I guess I'm wrong).

Oh well. *sigh*

( Posted by: Spudley [Member] On: January 26, 2003 )

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