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The Written Word


1848 – The printing year of this antiquated Bible. I was recently given this bible from someone. I love rare and antique books, and collecting classics.

My own study NIV Bible I use today

My own personal study NIV Bible


From quill to papyrus, or pen to paper

from cable to typewriter, to keyboard device

words have traveled down through the ages of time

written on scrolls, copied, or transcribed;

they came to be an integral tool expressing our voice

like a sonnet of tales, fabled or true,

not always believed, nor always rhymed.

But, poet or storyteller, essayist too,

memoirist, or scribe; their words, old or new;

if rewarded publication on printed page,

and kept in circulation via demand or reprint

they filled libraries, bookstores, institutions and schools.

But, there is one over all I treasure most

among my revered collected few.

It is God’s words and works within

one bound volume by writers He chose

to record and document all they knew.


Joyce E. Johnson © 2015

The Book Mobile

It was a truck of sorts, a library on wheels

full of posters, maps and books to explore.

I was lifted from the pages to another world,

from the Amazon jungles to a New Zealand shore.

Like a soaring kite my dreams would fly

as if to a magical place beyond,

through billowing soft clouds high up in the sky.

Sometimes my heart found a new friend

living between the covers of a book

sharing secrets, confessions and experiences in life.

And, I could imagine their face and their world

as the images and visions swirled around in my head,

and the stories and characters that lived on as I read.

Some I would go back and visit again

choosing them over another new ‘friend’ instead

when I climbed aboard the ‘book mobile.’


Page notes: The ‘Book Mobile’ was the traveling library that came every week to my elementary school in Colorado Springs, Colorado. We were allowed thirty minutes to browse, look through the selection of books of all kinds and on all subjects, both fiction and nonfiction, and then check out our choice for that week. We were given a week to read that book or books if we chose two (our limit) before returning it/them the following week to check out another. It was one of the events while in grade school I loved most because it was what I loved doing most; reading.

Joyce E. Johnson (2014)






Posted May 14, 2014 by Joyce in My Writings, poetry, Reading

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Bound between two covers

old Mannhalter pictures and Bible 015

A book is read for

what is found on its pages

it’s not the story


that’s most important

or pictures that entertain

but the way it’s told


and the message gained

for on its pages are words

that change heart and soul


Notes:  I read that this week is National Library week so decided to use this poem and photo for the NaPoWriMo post for today. I love to read and have an extensive library of traditional print books in my collection of all genres and types and by many different authors. I am also fond of antique books and love collecting them. But, the ‘book’ in the photo above is actually my paternal grandfather’s German Bible. Although I have different translations of the Bible and concordances in my home it is the significance, sentimentality and the history of this old Bible that is special to me, but the ‘messages’ contained inside it I value most. The NIV (New International Version) Study Bible is my favorite translation and the one I prefer for reading and personal study.

Joyce E. Johnson (2014)

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