There is nothing so delicious as opening a book For the first time: The smell of the forest its birthmother Tickling in your nose, The rich-black of the ink its father Making your eyes water. However, More delicious yet is opening a book That has nestled On your shelf for too-long a time Awaiting your return, Yearning for you After an undue absence: The dust that floats up into your nose The browning pages like Bread just starting to toast: The spine supple and soft Under your tender touch. Though Most delicious of all to find on a page Your underline, highlight, Note scribbled in the margin Too many years ago, A thousand remarks ago, A million ideas past; Yet here still waiting Languid and sensual The mark of you and this book Joined.
Sandra S. Newton
Sandra Salinas Newton is a Professor Emeritus of English at Naugatuck Valley Community College. Her books, Enjoying the Arts: Poetry (1977) and Enjoying the Arts: Film (1978), were published by Richards Rosen Press, her short story, “The Balikbayan,” can be found in Philippine American Short Stories (Giraffe Books, 1997), as well as two poems by the online journal OPEN: Journal of Arts and Letters. She earned her B.A. from The City College of New York, her M.A. from Hunter College, and her Ph.D. from Fordham University. Dr. Newton has attended a number of writing conferences and workshops, most recently with the Writers’ League of Texas. She has also been an art reviewer and freelance photographer, and in her free time she plays blues piano.