I like to buy used books
especially when they are worn out
it shows they were read multiple times
they were loved
and how loved they were!
I looked at the books I bought new and read
they were all... clean
The books don't show the signs of wear I'd expect in a read book
it is not the love
I see in other books they deserve
Something is missing...
It is nearly 40 years since I wrote these unfinished lines. Never managed to properly edit and finish the poem.
The problem remains to some extent some of the books I got as new and mentioned show signs of wear but not as much as the ones I buy used.
The few books that look ragged enough were extensively read by me and my kids.
I guess it takes a few generations to love a book.