Bedside Books

For anyone who loves books this poem by Patience Strong is one that you can relate to. We all have favorite books, ones that inspire us and give us a lift when we read them.

Bedside Books
by Patience Strong

My house is full of well-loved books -
They're scattered round the place -
In unexpected corners -
On the shelves and in the case.

But on the table by my bed, I keep a little row -
Of precious books -
My favorite ones -
And when I'm tired I go -
And find some passage that inspires with words like angel wings -
That lift me up above the swirl of petty human things...

A truth from some great poet's pen -
A lovely, lilting phrase -
A message that will spur me on,
And light the darkest days.

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