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Bookmarks

Wednesday 26 December 2007, by Bhuchung D Sonam

Coloured threads, thin plastics
Strips of paper with myriad quotes,
Diamond crusted silver butterfly
customized for the millionaire freak,

Broken shoelace of a school boy
marking a chapter of a stereotype textbook,
Decorated mark crafted by a love-struck girl
with a tear drowned arrow piercing a heart,
Bookmarks, you are as varied as the books you go through.

Bloody battles of historic scale,
Ancient philosophy to modern science,
Romantic poems of the bygone giants…

Which books haven’t you been through?
Bookmarks: silent witness to all the events
Lies of lovers, treachery of friends, purity of the poets,
Danger of war, scars of the victims,
Change of times, death of civilizations,
O scrupulously reticent
Silently you watch the emotional faces of the readers,
Bookmarks - if you choose to speak
Knowledge will flow like a swollen river

And the world will have no secrets.

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