How I’ve Lived

It’s Monday again *whoop whoop*… Please don’t ask my why I’m excited, I just am… (or it may be because I have a 2 day work week this week).

I know I’ve talked about how daily prompts have been the best thing in my blog life this year… I’m sorry this is not going to change anytime soon :D. Today’s post is inspired by a prompt from last week.

I hope you enjoy my take on this prompt 🙂

“A room without books is like a body without a soul.”

― Marcus Tullius Cicero


I hear a sound

Behind the ticking clocks

And whirring fans

Far behind the noisy teenagers

Clicking away on their smartphones

I hear a sound


No, it was more of a sigh

It sounded of someone

With a burden so large

A cross too heavy

So alone

So sad


I can hear it

A whisper

So faint

Hiding behind computer screens

Dusty lamps

And dirty tables


I walk towards it

Drawn by empathy

No one should be that sad

No one should be that afraid

No one should be that alone

No one


Who’s there?

Where are you?

Talk to me

Let me help you

With your burdens

With your pain


I can be your friend

And you mine

We can lay on the grass

While watching the sun set

As we talk about wandering thoughts

And passers-by


The sound stops

A faint voice whispers… I am here

Not behind the shelf

But on them

I stared in amazement

As a book talked back


There was once a time

Where I was loved

Day in

Day out

I was held

I was touched


I waited in anticipation

To be read by beautiful eyes

Bulging brown

Intriguing Grey

Piercing blue

I’ve seen them all


I long for the days

When my pages were flipped

Corners dog-eared

White pages slowly turned brown

From careless stains

And dried up tears


I miss the days

Where I was not just a book

I was knowledge

I was an emotion

I was a friend

A companion even


I crave the days

I could boast

Of places I have been

Green fields

Warm duvet covers

Sometimes even high up in the sky



I just sit here

As life goes by

Gathering dust

Watching the people I once loved

Forget me


My pages still brown

But not from careless stains

Or dried up tears

But because my ink

Infuses into my pages

As I die a slow, lonely and painful death


On this note, I am going to give my old books some love before they die…. and you should too 🙂

PS – You can check out some of my other Daily Prompt inspirations hereherehere and here.


** Photo credit for Featured Image – House and Garden


13 Comments Add yours

  1. lindywhitton says:

    Oh I so relate to this- so many books on the shelves, so many electronic devices replacing them. I spent many a late hour engrossed in a page turner or a long afternoon with a lyrical tale full of words that rolled around my mind and now not so much . I’m going to put the e book down and turn some real pages!

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    1. Amina says:

      Yes please turn some real pages. I’ve decided to give my books some love this week!! 🙂


  2. This is beautiful! I really love it. I too am guilty of veering towards the electronic devices – I have many books on my Kindle. However there is nothing quite like a real book to get the literary juices flowing.

    Well done – a lovely post in response to the daily prompt.

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  3. So beautifully written. I could practically feel the pain of those poor neglected books 🙂 I know I will be flipping through some pages on my bookshelf tonight 🙂

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    1. Amina says:

      Yaay!! Please show your books some love.. We don’t want them dying 😬

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      1. Yes I will. Lol… even if I don’t actually read them I will rifle through the pages tonight 😀

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      2. Amina says:

        😂😂 good idea

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  4. Roseylinn says:

    It’s good to show old books some love. I’ve also found that passing books to others so they can enjoy them is also good. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Amina says:

      Oh I’ve never thought of doing that. That’s a great idea 🙂


  5. dbkerr says:

    I liked the way you flowed from a question into an unexpected answer. Where. Did the idea come from ?

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Amina says:

      Honestly I have so many conversations with myself in my head and that is what sometimes translates into my writing.

      I just find a way to interpret the thoughts in my head into something others can relate to.

      Thank you for reading. I appreciate that you took the time out to comment 🙂


  6. Evelyn "Hell Yes" Elizabeth says:

    Hopefully we don’t forget books! Great poem

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Amina says:

      Oh please don’t forget your books 🙂

      Thanks for reading my poem


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