- Are you guilty of tsundoku?
“We collect, covet, and guard books the way a dragon does jewels. There’s even a word for having too many books: tsundoku.”
Do you buy more books than you can afford and/or more books than your house can accommodate? Do you have more books than you can ever read? Do you like the feel of a real tangible book?..
Read this article on the joy of reading, the love of books, and learning to let go.
- So, have you bought any new books lately?
Are your bookshelves overstuffed? Can you barely see your house behind the dusty stacks of books you might read one day?
Maybe it’s time for a purge. Alternatively,
“…stop beating yourself up for buying too many books or for having a to-read list that you could never get through in three lifetimes.”
Read this article on why having way too many books is a very good thing.
What say you?
Image: Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Apple Vendor (La Marchande de pommes), 1890. Oil on canvas, Overall: 25 9/16 x 21 7/16 in. (65 x 54.5 cm). BF8. Public Domain.
I stepped outside to see the evening birdsong,
and hear the lilacs fill the air with purple
and white aroma, and to drown before long
in maybe-May. Falling beyond the circle
of probability, defying lifelong
perceptions of what’s real, the twilight sparkled
with myriads of realms. Mind–proven all wrong–
accepted its defeat, joyfully humbled.
Prompted by Poetic Asides Strambotto Poetic Form Challenge.
Image: Henri Rousseau. Woman Walking in an Exotic Forest (Femme se promenant dans une forêt exotique), 1905. Oil on canvas, Overall: 39 3/8 x 31 3/4 in. (100 x 80.6 cm). BF388. Public Domain.
Still, be that as it may,
I’ll bloom my heart out
come sweet May,
I’ll fall and flow
where all spent hours
and flowers go…
Yet till the end
my fate I’ll tease
while days of May
will past me breeze.
© 2016 Sasha A. Palmer
Image: © 2017 Nino Chakvetadze, reproduced with permission.