The Soul of the Public Library

The soul of the public library
Is practically palpable
A cushion of dense
Nutritive air
Providing simultaneously
Safe haven
And lightening rod
Regardless of your origin
You simply walk through the doors
Find space 
And begin
To enjoy
To learn
To apply
To earn
To think deeply
To debate
To prepare
To feel safe
To come together
To get away
To get your life in order
To avoid the rain
To dream
To share
To observe
To prepare
To get off the street
To grieve
To research
To dream
To play games
To connect
To discover new worlds
To affect
And as you do
Fragments of your soul
Are quietly contributing
To the everlasting soul of the library
As did the souls that came before
And as did those that chose
To compose themselves down
On paper, bound

The Soul of the Public Library

The soul of the public library
Is practically palpable
A cushion of dense
Nutritive air
Providing simultaneously
Safe haven
And lightening rod
Regardless of your origin
You simply walk through the doors
Find space
And begin
To enjoy
To learn
To apply
To earn
To think deeply
To debate
To prepare
To feel safe
To come together
To get away
To get your life in order
To avoid the rain
To dream
To share
To observe
To prepare
To get off the street
To grieve
To research
To dream
To play games
To connect
To discover new worlds
To affect
And as you do
Fragments of your soul
Are quietly contributing
To the everlasting soul of the library
As did the souls that came before
And as did those that chose
To compose themselves down
On paper, bound

Just a few blocks difference

Heading to my car from the library afforded me many new sights today! I should purposely stray off my regular path more often, just for fun…

PS - There may be a backlog of pictures from the library, too…maybe. :)