So I had this idea. I wrote a poem (nothing new there) and I’m thinking about dividing it and putting each part on a different index card…
And leaving them in books at the library.
Please tell me I’m just quirky, not crazy.
I’ll leave the poem below; slashes are where I’m thinking of dividing it.
Please supply feedback. I don’t want to sound desperate but, well, I’m desperate: I need to know that there are other people who think it’s cool when they find someone’s bookmark that was accidentally left in a book, other people who would be surprised and excited to find part of a poem in their book.
Also, if you think this is a good idea, then I have two questions:
1) Should I write somewhere on each card where they can find the next one? Or just leave it separate, doomed to remain that way?
2) What are some of your favorite books? If I do this, I’ll be sure to leave a card in those books.
And sometimes you leave a note in a library book and wonder who’ll find it./
And sometimes you wonder if they’ll wonder who wrote it./
And sometimes you wonder if they’ll check every book around this one to find the others./
If someone else had already found part/
If these two cardholders will find each other/
If you’ve started a movie/
And sometimes you just want to check every book that holds an index card to see if it’s still there/
And sometimes you wonder if someone will leave their card in another book./
If it’s continuous./
Or if this will end up in the trash./
Or the recycling bin./
So this is a poem,/
it seems, and/
each line will be pried from the others,/
leaves from a branch,/
windbroken and fallen,/
uncrushed. And sometimes you
wonder if there’s enough tape to keep this together. Piece this together./
And sometimes you wonder if they’ll care about this card. If they’ll wonder who you are./
If they think about how they might have seen your face a thousand times./
If they look./
And sometimes you don’t want this to be the last card./
But now it is./