Poem: Remembering the Town Librarian by Robert Tustin

Coffee with the Editor Issue 1:1
March 31, 2021

Poem: Remembering the Town Librarian by Robert Tustin

Poet Robert Tustin. (c)Marissa Mullins, Robert Tustin Series 2019.

                               "What happened to the head librarian?"
                                I asked the new girl working in the stacks,
                                Who told me the old antiquarian
                                Died peacefully in her co-op full of cats.
                                I sighed heavily to hear the awful news
                                Then went quietly about my business,
                                But couldn't stop thinking about Mrs. Hughes
                                And the joy with which she read Dr. Seuss
                                To all the children in the neighborhood:
                                Laughter was a noise she always excused.
                                I spared the thought for her then thought, which book should
                                I check out today. A long time I mused
                                Before deciding on one. A grown man
                                There I stood checking out Green Eggs & Ham.

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