The pages worn
with many torn,
dog-eared and yellowed from the passing of time.
fondled and caressed and held to the breast,
eliciting smiles and memories of tales stored in heart and mind.
The texture of paper
the scent of ink and age.
A coffee stain on page thirteen.
A corner turned down on page twenty-seven.
Tiny stars penned onto the borders, signifying importance.
A handwritten message on the inside cover,
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