The library is dangerous—
Don’t go in. If you do
You know what will happen.
It’s like a pet store or a bakery—
Every single time you’ll come out of there
Holding something in your arms.
Those novels with their big eyes.
And those no-nonsense, all muscle
Greyhounds and Dobermans,
All non-fiction and business,
Cuddly when they’re young,
But then the first page is turned.
The doughnut scent of it all, knowledge,
The aroma of coffee being made
In all those books, something for everyone,
The deli offerings of civilization itself.
The library is the book of books,
Its concrete and wood and glass covers
Keeping within them the very big,
Very long story of everything.
The library is dangerous, full
Of answers. If you go inside,
You may not come out
The same person who went in.
Education & Learning
Humor & Satire
a break between words within a metrical foot
two lines of verse, usually in the same meter and joined by rhyme, that form a unit
an instruction or a command
the expression of one's meaning by using language that normally signifies the opposite, typically for humorous or emphatic effect
a comparison between two unrelated things through a shared characteristic
the attribution of human qualities to a non-human thing