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The Book. Burning The Book 

Note:  This poem was written more than 10 years ago and is relevant any time, anywhere.  

In any upheaval, books are burned first.  Next comes burning of people.  

1. Friend, I don’t resent that you found the Truth,

The whole truth, in a book, The Book, or a few books.

I don’t mind that your book is

About faith, sciences, or philosophy.

2. I want you to know that

I do enjoy total Certainty,

Certainly not for a lifetime.

I do enjoy complete comfort in the mind,

One night at a time.

I cherish reading a different book a day,

To disturb my soul a bit longer;

To sharpen my suspicion,

In your stand, a tad deeper.

3. I hear that you don’t mean

To abridge my liberty for seeking knowledge,

To impinge on my freedom of opinion,

To impress your truths on me,

To burn down my libraries,

To limit my range of personalities.

I like to believe that you don’t mean it;

But if you don’t, what do you really mean?

The Book (1999)

 

1.   Friend, I don’t resent that you found the Truth,

            The whole truth, in a book, The Book, or a few books.

I don’t mind that your book is 

            About faith, sciences, or philosophy.

2.   I want you to know that 

            I do enjoy total Certainty,

Certainly not for a lifetime.

            I do enjoy complete comfort in the mind,

One night at a time.

            I cherish reading a different book a day,

To disturb my soul a bit longer;

            To sharpen my suspicion,

In your stand, a tad deeper.

3.   I hear that you don’t mean

            To abridge my liberty for seeking knowledge,

              To impinge on my freedom of opinion,

                To impress your truths on me,

                 To burn down my libraries,

                   To limit my range of personalities.

I like to believe that you don’t mean it;

           But if you don’t, what do you really mean?

 


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