Library Pick-me-up

by Mark Chmiel

After an invigorating brainstorming visit with Courtney Barrett at Kayak’s
I headed home down Lindell then remembered I had books to pick up
Allen Ginsberg’s Buddhist Poetics and Twayne’s revised edition of Allen Ginsberg
Waiting for me at Pius XII Library

At the circulation desk I noticed the young man had been reading a book
(The Book of Mev in fact)
To get some insight, Ted Stewart-Hester told me, because
His friend Tanya Mukherji is a Puleo Scholar in Nicaragua right now

Ted’s been reading it on his shift when there’s time
A member of the Micah Program he had read just a few pages earlier
Sobrino quoting the famous passage from the Hebrew prophet
I was touched that he had so many post-its

He reminded me of Lindsey Weston
Who read Dear Layla with similar avidity and curiosity
We talked for twenty minutes
I feel grateful to have met someone so devoted

To Public Health
Education for breast-feeding
Intercultural opportunities
And a friend far from SLU

BOM Pius XII

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