The last Thursday of every month was Book Group,
when the books would gather together
to discuss Graham.
“He has barely touched me. I am sure I am
only here so he can show off to his friends,”
complained Ulysses, in a stream of self-consciousness.
“Consider yourself lucky,” cried Fifty Shades of Grey.
“He’s always got his dirty hands all over me. Look at my cracked
spine and turned down corners!”
“At least he’s prepared to put you two on display,” sobbed
Coping with Erectile Dysfunction, limply, from behind
The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.
“The problem isn't him, it's you,” declared the Oxford English Dictionary, with meaning.
“You get too involved. With me, it's just a quick in and out.
We have an understanding.”
“That's all very well for you to say, pronounce, utter, articulate,”
muttered Roget's Thesaurus, who always had some words
to add to the conversation.
Graham entered the room, carrying a box.
Dipping into it, he pulled out a slim, shiny metal object.
He stared at it all night, his interest kindled.
The books sat silently on the shelf.