The Queen’s Library

delusion-angel by happy garaje

delusion-angel by happy garaje

if it hadn’t been for the books
thrown about by the stairs
I wouldn’t have noticed
how with each purchase
she revealed herself
one on top of the other
covers pressed upon covers
titles lost upon genres
“The Color Purple”
casting shades of “Black and Blue”
on some oriental “La Bete Humaine”
as “Madame Bovary” vanishes to “Sleep”
with Murakami’s elephants
her majesty has yet again
leafed through the truths
of her characters
flung about in the pages
one would dare ask how the King
gets by with such a collection
but would not dare question why
her bookshelves haven’t been built

(As published in SunStar Weekend Davao and in Dagmay | Literary Journal of the Davao Writers Guild | May 11, 2014, Davao City, Philippines)

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