The Electronic Imposter

That’s not a real book

That’s a bunch of tethered electrons
corralled for the purpose of easy purchase 
consumption and disposal
unable to live on a shelf
living only until the next centralised
mega-machine upgrade
in a faraway bunker

It’ll never be found in an attic
never feel the touch of a hand

It will die young
no matter how much it is loved

You can’t stumble across it
when you’re looking for something else

You can’t be surprised and delighted
by the serendipity
of what it leans against
or nestles between
in a library

It’s not a real book.

Paul Downton

Paul is a retired architect and active writer on architecture, cities, art, ecology and politics. And dogs. He lives Downunder and loves libraries. And dogs.