Let the printed word be free

Let the library remain a safe space

Where books of all genres find a place

In all libraries, let the printed word reign

Let the right to choose a book not be restrained

Let books not be restricted based on political will

Let books be shelved so that they instill

The value of free thought and free expression

In impressionable members of the younger generation..


These days when I search the internet

An echo chamber for my thoughts I get

Information that is presented to me

Confirms my biases quite freely

I feel validated in my beliefs, can stay comfortable too

Within the narrow walls of my world view

But when in my local library books I browse

There are plenty of books that arouse

My curiosity, they are written from a perspective

Quite divergent from the one with which I live

Books are laid out before me to choose

What piques my interest, there is nothing to lose

By trying to read something that causes discomfort

Trying to understand the opposite viewpoint is worth the effort


I hope the printed word remains free

Within the hallowed walls of a library

Published by iheart11

A 30-something year old woman, physician by profession, fiercely passionate about work, family, travel and fashion..

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