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For the New Library
David Henson


Dawn, the town folk
formed a human chain
from the old building, past Bridwell's,
down Main, and right up the steps
of the new library.

They passed books, laughing
about the fund-raising
chocolate turtles and sudsy cars.

By afternoon, they spoke of aching 
backs and steaming tubs,

by evening Lotshaw's Liniment.

By midnight books made a silent journey
from swollen fingers to puffy palms --

Dickinson, Whitman, Robinson, and Frost
turning cartwheels under the stars. 


© by Dave Henson.
Used with the author's permission.


David Henson is the author of two chapbooks and his award-winning work has appeared in a variety of online and print journals. In addition to writing, David enjoys playing classical and boogie woogie piano. David and his wife have lived in Belgium and Hong Kong over the years, but now live in Illinois, where they enjoy walking with their dog. Learn more about David at



Post New Comment:
Thanks to you all for your nice comments. They're much appreciated. Dave
Posted 04/10/2017 08:50 AM
Very clever. I've heard of communities doing these kinds of library movings. Well described process.
Posted 04/09/2017 01:09 PM
What fun! 'cartwheels' is so unexpected and wonderful. And David is a poodle guy! Must be a perfect gentleman.
Posted 04/09/2017 10:25 AM
I loved the "chocolate turtles" and "sudsy cars."
Posted 04/09/2017 09:36 AM
Larry Schug:
Great final couplet! What an image you've planted in my head, David.
Posted 04/09/2017 08:48 AM
Sarah Russell:
A bucket brigade of books! Only in small town America. Made me smile this morning. Thanks!
Posted 04/09/2017 08:34 AM
I can see it all happening! Lovely.
Posted 04/09/2017 03:12 AM

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