book 15

Tattered edges

     yellowed with time

stains long forgotten

     just memories lost


binding is cracked

     paint flaked away

fine cotton string

     loops empty and broke


pages are missing

     memories ripped away

words half remembered

     stories fading away


years since it once was

     new on the shelf

wonders unknown yet

     still waiting to be read


pages are lost now

     cruelly torn away

fate is uncaring

     of tears shed in pain


long are the nights now

     and empty the days

sorrow and tears fill them

     yet pain still remains


empty the shelf now

     all lost in time

cracked words on the binding

     all that remain


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