The Library Of Eternity

The Library Of Eternity

A Poem by Nolo Segundo
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This is a 'thought poem' that speculates on the possibility (probability?) that there are other intelligent, sentient life-forms in this vast Universe. And if so, they might have libraries too.

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Imagine you, a lover of books and the written word,
chanced to visit the greatest library in the world,
with every book ever written, in every language:
books in English and Flemish and Urdu and Dutch
and Hindi and Spanish and Korean and Swahili and
Russian and Samoan and Basque and Japanese and
Khmer and Portuguese and Italian and Swedish and
Arabic and Welsh and Chinese and Finnish and
thousands of other languages, even those that
died like Latin and ancient Greek and Sumerian....
Yet those millions of books with billions of pages
imprinted with trillions of words only fill a rather
small room, almost just a closet, of this vast library...
in myriad other rooms there are writings from
other planets in billions of galaxies spanning all of
the Universe, written in languages unknown to you
by beings different yet in some ways very much
like the seven billion humans on our good earth.
So you grieve to think that no one could ever,
even in a billion years, read all those words,
could ever know all that knowledge-- yet
some Being, somewhere in the Cosmos,
wrote each word long before  it was written....

© 2019 Nolo Segundo


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but just even attempting to read as many of them as we can...that is a good thing...

i am an avid reader, but strange for an English teacher...i actually like detective and horror novels much more than those "Classics" except for "Catcher in the Rye"-
i like how your poem encompasses the books written in every language...universal.
j.

Posted 4 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Nolo Segundo

4 Months Ago

Yes, J., it's like climbing Everest in bare feet. I too was an English teacher and I also like readi.. read more
jacob erin-cilberto

4 Months Ago

Nolo, you surely have a point there...history having so much horror in it....who needs Stephen King?



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Books. Fodder for our mind and imagination.....
they bridge the gap between nations and generation..
Really loved your concept :)

Posted 1 Month Ago


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Nolo Segundo

1 Month Ago

Thanks Nazia-- the idea just came to me one day while thinking there are probably other sentient spe.. read more
nazia

1 Month Ago

Indeed there are :)
I love the extension of this long established human intellectual obsession into the alien world. We ignore history at our peril/cost. We once saw the earth flat and never contemplated sailing the oceans. Now we have crawled beyond the earth and there is yet more 'flat' packed mysteries awaiting us.

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Nolo Segundo

1 Month Ago

Oh yes, my friend! There are mysteries inter-weaved with each human life, and I'm sure there are myr.. read more
Very nice pom. c: I've been to a very big Library in South Korea, I think they had like over 50,000 books or maybe more. It was really cool and big. I remember there was some American magazines and books too.

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Nolo Segundo

1 Month Ago

Thank you for the compliment-- in 1975 I visited Seoul on a brief vacation from my job teaching ESL .. read more
JungLee

1 Month Ago

Very nice. I am located in Japan currently actually. In Tokyo right now.
I think my ears would drip letters and my tears would cry phrases but i would have to keep turning those pages! I often muse that alien intelligence is standing in the background awaiting our collective adolescences to end and unfortunately that is not in our immediate future it seems:(

Posted 2 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Nolo Segundo

2 Months Ago

Thanks B.B.-- and in this vast Universe I'd be surprised if we were the only intelligent species, or.. read more
What an interesting thought you have been contemplating. I have a job to keep up my reading at the moment. With the possibilities of all that additional reading material for a universal library, we'll that is mind blowing.

Chris

Posted 4 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Nolo Segundo

4 Months Ago

Well, Chris, over 1/2 a million different titles are published in America alone every year! 100,000 .. read more
but just even attempting to read as many of them as we can...that is a good thing...

i am an avid reader, but strange for an English teacher...i actually like detective and horror novels much more than those "Classics" except for "Catcher in the Rye"-
i like how your poem encompasses the books written in every language...universal.
j.

Posted 4 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Nolo Segundo

4 Months Ago

Yes, J., it's like climbing Everest in bare feet. I too was an English teacher and I also like readi.. read more
jacob erin-cilberto

4 Months Ago

Nolo, you surely have a point there...history having so much horror in it....who needs Stephen King?

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