Bookish Poem: Adventures with Books by Velda Blumhagen

Books, in their quiet, steadfast presence, invite us to explore worlds both far-reaching and intimately close. From the icy expanses of polar lands to the lush density of jungle trees, each book is a vessel, a train, a zoo, or a garden waiting to be discovered. As the captains of our own adventures, we chart courses across the seas of narrative and scale the heights of imagination. Each reading session is a departure, a break from the mundane, where we, as keepers of our own literary zoos, curate the experiences that shape our understanding and enjoyment of the world. This week, we share with you a poem written by Velda Blumhagen that expresses our childlike love for books.

Adventures with Books by Velda Blumhagen

Books are ships that sail the seas

To lands of snow or jungle trees.

And I’m the captain bold and free

Who will decide which place we’ll see.

Come, let us sail the magic ship.

Books are trains in many lands,

Crossing hills or desert sands.

And I’m the engineer who guides

The train on its exciting rides.

Come, let us ride the magic train.

Books are zoos that make a home

For birds and beasts not free to roam.

And I’m the keeper of the zoo,

I choose the things to show to you.

Come, let us visit in a zoo.

Books are gardens, fairies, elves,

Cowboys, and people like ourselves.

And I can find with one good look

Just what I want inside a book.

Come, let us read! For reading’s fun!

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