“My New Book”

crick
breaking back
spine stretching
sprawling, lounging
pages curling
white sloping
obscured meanings more legible near the edges.
It will take a good while for favorite places to fall open
almost memorized stanzas, gone over again and maybe again
(especially poems and prayers)
Fresh inexplicable New Book smell swirling, wafting
and all those dutiful
words, clean & preparing to be read.