Lackluster Library

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There’s a library—

near where I live, down a way,

its facade is of stone and concrete.

No more when I peer

through its windows of glass
(sad to say)

do towers of books my eyes greet;

a costly rehab of its inside I fear

has sacrificed much that was charming:

fewer books for a start,

blank walls—gone the art!

The newfangled space is alarming.

—Susan Aster Wallman

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