Poem #14: My First Memory by Nikki Giovanni

Nikki Giovanni is an American poet, author and activist.  I thought this poem would appeal to us bookworms.  Enjoy.

My First Memory (of Librarians)

This is my first memory:
A big room with heavy wooden tables that sat on a creaky
wood floor
A line of green shades—bankers’ lights—down the center
Heavy oak chairs that were too low or maybe I was simply
too short
For me to sit in and read
So my first book was always big

In the foyer up four steps a semi-circle desk presided
To the left side the card catalogue
On the right newspapers draped over what looked like
a quilt rack
Magazines face out from the wall

The welcoming smile of my librarian
The anticipation in my heart
All those books—another world—just waiting
At my fingertips.



  1. You are so right, this does appeal to the bookworm in me 🙂 I love the description of the library, but my favorite line is “The anticipation in my heart”!


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