Invisible Obsession

My Kindle is like a bus queue
and it’s one that’s very long;
it’s far too easy to purchase a book
when you’re hooked up to Amazon.
It’s now another obsession;
I need to sort it out,
but help for a Kindle obsession,
well, there isn’t much about.
But I may have come up with an answer
for this dreadful dilemma I’m in:
I will imagine every new book that I buy
and decide whether it’s thick or it’s thin.
Then I will give each one an appropriate space
on an empty bookcase shelf
and when it’s crammed right up to the end
I will have a good chat with myself.
I will say, Now look you here,
this really, really must stop;
just take all those books away from that shelf
and off to a charity shop.
But just a minute, I say to myself
as I scratch my empty head,
There are no books to take away!
I know! – I will make a donation instead!
And although that makes me feel better
the obsession’s still long as my arm,
but I think I will probably settle for this;
after all, it’s doing no harm.

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72 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Journey In Rhyme
    Mar 19, 2014 @ 15:48:08

    Lol! Genius! Hope you are well.

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  2. Janette moran
    Mar 19, 2014 @ 15:48:44

    Love it xxxx it’s a great obsession to keep secret as your kindle hides the masses of books …. I had no idea lol xxxx

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  3. Pete Armetta
    Mar 19, 2014 @ 16:09:52

    Sign of the times right?! And yes it’s WAY too easy to buy something for da kindle. 🙂 I only have one thing on mine, I’m trying not to go there!

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  4. Ina
    Mar 19, 2014 @ 16:32:23

    lol that is funny! I can’t seem to do the kindle buyl and frankly I rather have paper books, but it must give a lot of space in the house! 🙂 L&H xxx

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  5. Peter Wells aka Countingducks
    Mar 19, 2014 @ 17:12:47

    “I don’t mind what books you take off the shelf as long as you leave mine on it,” he said squeaking and stomping his foot

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    • journeyintopoetry
      Mar 19, 2014 @ 17:24:01

      Haha! Have no fear Peter!! Yours has been saved! AND it has the privilege of having jumped the queue! So no more stomping needed, or squeaking! Actually your comment is a good first sentence for another book! 😄

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  6. Widow Beach
    Mar 19, 2014 @ 19:22:16

    I love it, of course!! And I’ve had a life-long obsession/addiction with books–I think it’s the best one to have. Isn’t it grand that kindle should come along just when you needed it?!!

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    • journeyintopoetry
      Mar 19, 2014 @ 19:36:38

      Thank you WB! Yes its great that kindles are here and Im a great defender of them, of course, as so many people seem to hate them. I wasn’t keen at first but now I wouldnt be able to read comfortably any other way. I still prefer books any day but needs must and my kindle is my friend now.

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  7. Cynthia Jobin
    Mar 19, 2014 @ 19:24:42

    Someone in my family gave me a kindle-fire because they believe I keep too many books in my house.(!!) But I never could adapt to significant e-reading so now I use my kindle fire as an i-pad. And since I just moved–and gave a ton away, I am gleefully re-crowding my environment with ever more books–though I have learned which are keepers and which not….and find I’m doing as much re-reading as reading these days. I guess book-loving is a disease, but I’m easy with it.
    Your poem is light and lovely, with a kind of rhyme and tone that reminds me of Dr. Seuss.

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    • journeyintopoetry
      Mar 19, 2014 @ 19:49:19

      Thanks Cynthia. To be honest I sometimes buy the actual book as well as buying them on kindle, first because I just love books, the feel, the smell, just for being what they are. You can often get he kindle version very cheaply, and in some cases the older books are rree on kindle.

      I think Dr Seuss must be rubbing off on me, I am constantly reading him to our little grandchildren! I feel privileged to be reading him to the next generation. Our children loved his books.

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  8. Jackie
    Mar 19, 2014 @ 19:33:34

    Awesome poem! I love my Kindle but I also love vintage books. 😀 xx

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    • journeyintopoetry
      Mar 19, 2014 @ 19:54:00

      Thank you Jackie! i still love books too but needs must and Im so grateful for my kindle, just to touch it lightly to turn the page. It still amazes me! But I “buy with one click” too easily!! 😄 Xx

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  9. Harry
    Mar 19, 2014 @ 19:56:22

    I love my books, a kindle, just one more thing to destroy reading the book, nice poem 🙂

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  10. lscotthoughts
    Mar 19, 2014 @ 22:57:34

    This is too cute and funny, Chris, and I do think there are far worse obsessions…like chocolate! lol I’m sure the kindle is pretty nice, but I haven’t entered that world, yet, either…I know one benefit is being able to adjust the font size, which would be nice! 🙂 Anyway, keep reading and writing! This was lots of fun! Sending hugs and much love your way! ♥ xoxo

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    • journeyintopoetry
      Mar 20, 2014 @ 08:49:54

      Thanks Lauren! Yes there are far worse obsessions!! I know I would still have a “queue” of books if I still read mostly paperbacks but it would never be as ridiculous as the one on my kindle! Its just far too easy sit here and “buy with one click”!!!
      ❤ Xxx

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  11. SuzyHazelwood
    Mar 20, 2014 @ 01:30:21

    Haha – a Kindle obsession!! 😀 I’d never thought of that before, as I haven’t got into ebooks yet – very good point! I can imagine how easy it is to just keep purchasing. But like you’ve pointed out – it’s doing no harm, at least not to the environment! Must be good for business too I expect! 😉 But the charity shops will be losing out over time. I used to enjoy picking up a cheap little book in a charity shop, and also feeling some kind of comfort in offloading my used books too. It’s a good way to recycle. But since I’ve had a blog, I rarely have time to read books now! 🙂

    It’s a good job there isn’t a kindle device for clothes, some kind of hologram clothes store – I’d buy a truck load everyday if there was such a thing!! 😀

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    • journeyintopoetry
      Mar 20, 2014 @ 08:55:22

      LOL!! A kindle clothes shop!! Now there’s a thought. Let’s hope that is never possible; we would be bankrupt!! 😄. Thanks Suzy. Yes I love looking in charity shops for books, or at least I did. I don’t think the kindle will ever replace the real thing though, I hope not. Whilst its difficult or me to hold a book and turn pages now, there are some I can manage and our house will always still have books in it, if only to feel and smell them!! 😄 Xx

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      • SuzyHazelwood
        Mar 20, 2014 @ 17:26:31

        I agree with it being easier to read on screen, I get a lot neck pain if read I books for too long, but none looking straight ahead at the screen on my computer, much more comfortable, and no chance of dropping the book and losing what page I was on! 😉

        Oh yes – the smell of books very important that, I think I’d really miss that if books disappeared altogether. They’d have to import authentic book fragrances into Kindle – (old and new) because they smell different!!! 😀

    • journeyintopoetry
      Mar 20, 2014 @ 17:32:00

      😄you have some great ideas!! Kindle hologram clothes and now kindle smells! Wonderful! 😄 Xxx

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  12. leamuse
    Mar 20, 2014 @ 06:38:19

    Christine, very witty and fun! But as you know, kindle is not for me… I love my old paperbacks. I just carted off six sacks of books to a British Book Exchange held in Olonzac one a month. There is still one room bursting with books and some in every other room…
    Now David is doing great! If only my “to read queue” could get down to four. With Yvonne coming over from London for the weekend even that queue will grow. But one cannot have too many books! 🙂

    Bisous et calins
    Love,
    léa

    Xxxx

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  13. Libby
    Mar 20, 2014 @ 11:03:26

    Oh yes, I know the problem. Often I clear books off my shelves to take to the charity shop and then put half of them back! I also have a queue on my Kindle. Loving your poem.

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    • journeyintopoetry
      Mar 20, 2014 @ 11:21:13

      Thank you Libby. Im glad Im not the only one with the dreaded kindle queue! 😊. And yes I can relate to being reluctant to part with books. You made me smile as I can also understand putting them back again 😊

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  14. greenlightlady
    Mar 20, 2014 @ 15:30:20

    Christine, I love your fun poem. It sounds like I’m going to like having a Kindle when I get one. Our book shelves are bursting! One of the happiest things I ever heard was that there are more good books than I could ever read in a lifetime.

    Blessings ~ Wendy ❀

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    • journeyintopoetry
      Mar 20, 2014 @ 15:52:47

      Thank you Wendy! It was fun writing this! I couldnt quite believe how many books I have queueing up!! Kindles are really good if you want to read some old classics as they are very often free or of very litle cost.

      Love and blessings x
      ,

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  15. PookyH
    Mar 20, 2014 @ 20:55:21

    This is fabulous and really really made me smile! I say keep on going, you’re doing no harm at all, and each new book is another world to escape to and get lost in…

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  16. Through My Eyes
    Mar 22, 2014 @ 12:59:24

    I enjoyed this Christine and I like the rhyme. I haven’t got a Kindle yet. I’m still holding out 🙂

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  17. Cynthia Jobin
    Mar 22, 2014 @ 21:59:37

    Christine, you may not be at all interested, but I’m passing this by you because I recall various comments you’ve made on other blogs about being intimidated by traditional forms like the sonnet, etc. You have a wonderful language sense and could fruitfully play with some of those forms, if you so chose…so I’m recommending another book for your queue: The Book of Forms, by Lewis Turco.
    In that arena, it’s the bee’s knees, and the cat’s meow! 🙂

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    • journeyintopoetry
      Mar 23, 2014 @ 11:11:00

      Hi Cynthia, thanks so much! Im definitely interested and this book will now join in the queue!!! I have a default setting within me which says, “I can”t” .
      You would think I would have learned to switch to another setting by now, because just before I started my blog I said to the friend who suggested it and who also hinted I might try poetry, “Me?! Write poetry and put it on a blog?! I cant do that!!!!” Three years later here I still am!
      It is so kind and supportive of you to recommend this, thank you again and I will do anything for bees’ knees and cats’ meows! 😊

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  18. bardessdmdenton
    Mar 23, 2014 @ 01:18:49

    Lovely fun poem, Christine! Sorry it took me so long to get here to comment. This kindle book buying is one obsession that can be good for your health! I resisted the kindle for a long time … until my novel was published. I could never afford or have space for all the books I have or will read, especially considering the writers who have read and reviewed mine. And, certainly, to experience the insights and inspirations of others … it makes me feel less isolated from the world of creative souls, as all social media does. So, I certainly won’t knock it. Funny enough, most of the books I use for research are print copies … get so many bargains with used books through amazon. Lots of love! XO

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    • journeyintopoetry
      Mar 23, 2014 @ 11:20:49

      Thank you very much Diane! Dont worry about how long it takes to comment! I dont forget that you have a job, a home and family to tend to and a novel to write!!! Oh, and your art! Oh, and your blog!!! 😄😄

      There are some books that arent available on kindle so I still buy those in paperback as I can manage to read them but just not as comfortably as I can with the kindle. And there is definitely something to be said for bargain books!
      Altough I have been able to get a few classics on the kindle which are free!!
      Anyway the poem was fun to write! 😊

      Lots of love
      xxx

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      • bardessdmdenton
        Mar 23, 2014 @ 18:16:44

        Thanks for your understanding. On top of that, I had a miserable headache yesterday. BUT I soldiered on and with any luck, by the end of tomorrow I should have reached the finish of “To a Strange Somewhere Fled”, the characters taking me there! Hope you’re having a nice weekend. Still cold and snowing a little here – beginning to think winter will never leave us. But keep hopeful. 🙂 XO ♥

    • journeyintopoetry
      Mar 23, 2014 @ 19:01:04

      Ooh a title!! And a fab one too! Im getting excited at the prospect of reading!! Oh I hope youre feeling better; it seems we are both in the wars. I always have lower back pain (muscular) from the MS having caused my gait to be out of kilter, but I must have twisted it or something, I have no idea but I have hardly been able to move all weekend. I struggled to the writing group but with hindsight I dont think I should have gone. Im going to the doc tomorrow to see if he thinks an osteopath may help. No pain killerrs or topical gel or anything helping. Getting no sleep. Dont need this! ❤ Xx

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      • bardessdmdenton
        Mar 23, 2014 @ 19:26:48

        Oh, so sorry to hear all the pain you’re in, Christine … and not be able to sleep certainly doesn’t help, as sleep can be a great healer. I hope the doctor can help you get some relief. I always put my own minor issues in perspective when I think of what you endure, struggle with and overcome daily, and always with such loveliness and generosity of spirit and heart. Sending you healing with lots of ♥.

    • journeyintopoetry
      Mar 23, 2014 @ 19:32:34

      Thanks Diane. I will let you know how I get on. I wouldnt care, Ive done so well, done all my MS physio exercises religiously every day after months of attending the hospital with my specialist MS physiotherapist and it all semed to be paying off. And then this! I could scream! 😊 ❤ xx

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  19. beckarooney
    Mar 23, 2014 @ 13:44:19

    Haha! I can think of far worse obsessions to have! A Kindle is high on my wish list, there’s still something about an old-fashioned book which I love though. One of my favourite smells is the scent of a library book. . . very funny and clever poem Christine 😀 xx

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    • journeyintopoetry
      Mar 23, 2014 @ 14:23:41

      Thanks very much Becky! I, too, love the smell of all books, new, old, library or whatever. But now you actually mention library books, it has brought that paricular smell back vividly; its quite strange how they do seem to have a distinctive smell, even different from a bookshop with old books. I probably wouldnt bother with kindle if I didnt need one. I can stlll just about hold a book and turn pages but its not pleasurable whereas I just lightly tap the kindle screen and hey presto!! 😊 Xx

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      • beckarooney
        Mar 23, 2014 @ 14:31:34

        I know what you mean, with books it feels like you have a piece of history in your hands. . . and the smell in your nostrils 🙂
        However a Kindle is a very attractive device, it would definitely make my luggage lighter when going on holiday – lol. xx

    • journeyintopoetry
      Mar 23, 2014 @ 14:38:57

      LOL absolutely! Theyre wonderful things for holidays! We are having a big family get together in July and going to CenterParcs in Cumbria in July. I will be buying “with one click” on Amaon, that’s for sure! 😄 Xx

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  20. Thomas Davis
    Mar 23, 2014 @ 20:18:40

    Kindles are a dilemma for me, but not in the way they are for you Christine. I so love books. The house is crammed with them with bookshelves everywhere, and though my daughter did buy me a kindle, and although I do buy books with it, we have this bookshop in town, Untitled, and it is one of my favorite places anywhere! When we moved I gave dozens of boxes of books to Goodwill, and Ethel, I am sure, would like me to give away more, but…
    Still, the kindle books tend to be cheaper, and I don’t mind using the device to read, and a good book is a good book.
    Still…Tom says as he laughs at Christine’s poem.

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    • journeyintopoetry
      Mar 23, 2014 @ 20:27:49

      Hi Tom. Some of the classics are free on Kindle so that ‘s always a point in favour!! Thank you for your comment, it was fun writing this; it cheered me up as I have been feeling a bit down lately. I have to confess sometimes when I buy a book on kindle I also buy the paperback! And that’s just because…!!. Doesnt make sense really but then not much that I do does! 😊

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  21. kathryningrid
    Mar 24, 2014 @ 18:38:08

    We’ve all had more dangerous versions of addiction, so I for one vote that this one is perfectly acceptable, nay, to be encouraged! 😉
    xoxo!
    K

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  22. gonecyclingagain
    Mar 25, 2014 @ 09:37:57

    Excellent, Christine – that’s rhyme cracked, then; you’re halfway to your first sonnet already! Nice job. N.x

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  23. harulawordsthatserve
    Mar 25, 2014 @ 21:10:48

    What fun, and as always with your poems, the lightness seems to have grown from something deeper. I’m so glad your kindle makes reading more comfortable even if, as many of us, you still prefer the ‘real thing’. And I just love the idea of trying to envision your collection physically and then wondering what to do when you realise you can’t just pick out the excess and bring them to a charity shop! Very creative thinking Christine:-) Happy reading! Hugs, H xxxxxx

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    • journeyintopoetry
      Mar 26, 2014 @ 11:59:06

      Thank you very much Harula! Yes, sometimes technology has its disadvantages but I will never be judgemental of the kindle as it has now become one of my best friends! Though I think I need a “parental lock” to stop me buying so many books!! 😄Xx

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  24. Angela
    Mar 26, 2014 @ 16:34:45

    Lol!! Great poem, Christine! My kindle is rammed with books too. I kept breaking mine, I’m on my 4th already! I didn’t think I’d like it at first, preferring the paper books, but I can find so much more on the kindle – lots of classic poetry and many other subjects I wouldn’t have dreamed of searching out in a book store. 🙂 xxx

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    • journeyintopoetry
      Mar 27, 2014 @ 10:41:21

      Thank you very much Angela! Yes! I have also got some good classics on kindle either free or at very little cost! I still have lots of books on the shelf though; it wouldn’t be home without them 😊 Xxx

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  25. Emily Page
    Mar 27, 2014 @ 10:44:14

    I can imagine! I find it bad enough with my ipad though luckily the lack of memory stops me short lol. Love the idea of making yourself donate to charity instead of clearing the bookshelves to the charity shop (which is what I’d do with “real” books). Words are compulsively attractive to us aren’t they?

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    • journeyintopoetry
      Mar 27, 2014 @ 11:34:24

      Thank you very much Emily! It was fun writing this one. I seem to lack a certain amount of self discipline when it comes to the kindle. Someone suggests a book and I find myself clicking! Lol. And I agree, words certainly are compulsively attractive to us 😊

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  26. Betty Hayes Albright
    Apr 10, 2014 @ 23:45:45

    Loved this – I can relate! Your humor always makes me smile.
    My kindle comes in handy, and there ARE thousands of free books (all the classics, and lots of poetry!) which I’ve downloaded. And yet I still like to hold a book in my hands and thumb through the pages, and maybe write little notes in the margins. Ha! Of course you can do that with a kindle too (sort of) but it’s more cumbersome. (Mine is 3 years old – maybe it’s easier in the new ones?)

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    • journeyintopoetry
      Apr 12, 2014 @ 11:47:10

      Thank you Betty! As I said to one or two people above I sometimes buy the cheaper books both on kindle and paperback just so I can feel the real thing, but reading on the kindle with its touch screen now is so simple and very easy for my weak hands. . Mine broke recently and I bought a new paperwhite one which is readable in the dark without needing a light(my previous one had a light fixed into the case). There are some good things about technology! 😊 Sending hugs xx

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  27. positivelypepper
    Apr 29, 2014 @ 09:06:55

    Brilliant! Thank you for sharing this and for giving me a good giggle 🙂 Just one click and all those lovely words can be ours – it’s too easy!

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