Books by Beverley George

Books TTJ tr Aya Yuhki (2)

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English Version:

Books

Beverley George

 

dinner sets, fine linen,

and cooking pots scatter . . .

my books

come with me everywhere

from home, to home, to home

 

Pooh Bear tales

loved now as in childhood —

on the flyleaf

my name in mother’s writing,

and a stamp I coloured in

 

e-books have their place

in our speeding, shrinking world

I luxuriate

in silken pages to turn

and sturdy, sewn spines

 

books arranged

by genre, country, author

are easy to find

my life as a librarian

flows into golden years

 

book jackets

gleam in lamplight

gateways

to realms of otherness,

the maze of diverse minds

© Beverley George

published bilingually The Tanka Journal [Japan] no. 43 2013  p.19

Beverley George has spent most of her working life in libraries, mostly scientific ones, but she has also enjoyed time in public libraries, including a country children’s book service. Her private copious bookshelves reflect a lifelong love of books, which are arranged systematically for easy retrieval.
She greatly enjoys the Japanese poetic genres and produces Eucalypt: a tanka journal,  in print, on Hanno silk paper.
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Date-Stamp by Julie Thorndyke

DATE-STAMP

September gone
and another birthday
I pause
before turning the fourth
corner of the year

these book-lined walls
all thought, every emotion
contained
on my calendar I schedule
a day to run free

last day of term
locking the library door
on silence
I check myself out

for a long, long loan

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a TANKA SPLENDOR 2006 winner, published on

http://www.ahapoetry.com/ts2006.htm

Julie Thorndyke lives, works and writes in Sydney, Australia. Two collections of her tanka poetry, rick rack and Carving Granite, are available from Ginninderra Press. http://www.ginninderrapress.com.au/