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The Lady With Too Many Books

Writing Challenge: Write a Poem or Story About Your TBR Pile


The Lady With Too Many Books

There once was a lady who read and read

anything with words to her family’s dread,

memoirs love stories spies cops and killers

kings queens and handsome prince thrillers.


Books on the floor the bed the tables

up to the attic the rafters the gables

Libraries  yard sales airports vacations

all you can carry store liquidations.


Her family, her kids, her friends got worried,

that look in her eyes and off she hurried

to the best ever sale-three books for a dollar!

Her cheeks got red and she tugged at her collar.


So they sat her down said no books for a year.

She cried,  she pleaded, she panicked with fear.

Then she calmly recalled the box in her drawer-

electronic books, nine thousand eighty four.


Now she’s happy again, at home she’ll stay

night after night till dawn the next day.

But why oh why, all those books to be read?

She’ll never be done till they find her dead!



Kay Castaneda is retired from a career as a college English instructor in Indiana. She received a B.A. and M.A. from Indiana University. Her articles about education and sociology are included in Sage Publication’s Education and Society Reference Book. Her poetry and creative nonfiction have been published in literary journals. Kay is currently researching the history of Ireland and Scotland for a novel based on her ancestors, in addition to editing her poetry manuscript. Kay’s hobbies include reading biographies, memoirs, traveling and baking.

36 thoughts on “The Lady With Too Many Books

    1. Thanks Robbie. I had fun writing it. I remember that poetry format from college, but I forget what the term is. Time to review poetry again.🐦

    1. Thanks Bette! I saw you retweeted and replied to my poem on Twitter. I think that was you. I followed you. 😙

    1. This was a fun writing challenge and a fabulous way to begin the New Year. I enjoyed your prompt about the TBR pile. Thank you! 😌

      1. Very welcome. I don’t do these challenges often, but this one has been brewing for a while. The pace is picking up now, so it’s going to be a busy couple of weeks here!

    1. What a great idea Dan! I am going to tell my family. Maybe I will pick out the books ahead of time. Thank you. 😌

    1. Thank you. That means a lot that you mentioned why you liked my poem. Wow! Dr. Suess. He is a wonderful writer. ☺

    1. Well it’s a good addiction Bernadette. Somebody has to read all those books! Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving your comment. ☺

    1. So you understand me Miriam. People ask if I’ve read them all and I say most of them and I plan to read the rest one day. I’m glad you liked my poem. 😄

  1. Yes this is ME. We would be best friends if we lived nearby. Except, dear me, we’d never meet because we’d be home, reading our next book! 🙂 Wonderful answer to Diana’s challenge.

    1. We could wave at each other from our front windows while holding a book of course! I’m glad you liked my poem. I had lots of fun with Diana’s challenge. Just followed your blog.Thanks. 😊

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