Ode to the Encyclopedia


Gracing my shelf with wisdom and dust

A wealth of knowledge and words I trust.

Many nights I fell asleep

upon the pages, that held deep

insights on history and colors and culture,

I used Volume “V” for my paper on Vultures.

But that was before the internet came

With so much information, I thinks its a shame

that it seems, as though, in the time that I blinked

all of the sudden, you were extinct.

Now there’s google, bing, and yahoo too.

Not mentioned in Britannica of 1982.

Today when I picked you up for a gaze

To smell your worn pages and see how you’ve aged,

It hurts me that I must now give you the boot,

Apple’s a brand, but you say it’s a fruit.

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