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Before we had our baby girl
who makes our life so merry
I had a sanctuary of my own
that I called my library
A room so filled with hope
in the form of books a-plenty
a place you could just lose yourself
in stories that transport you away
But now the room belongs to her
our sweet Little Missus
so my books have found new homes
on different bookcases
But in the room of Fussypants
the case always looks like this
a constant state of chaos
there is no book bliss
No matter what I do or what I say
the placement ends up always
upside down and backwards
and difficult to decipher
And here my hope does wane
tested tested tested
this mess, this unorganized mess
really drives me insane
How can one enjoy
the pleasure reading brings
when you cannot find the book you want
because you treat the stories
like nothings 
My feeble attempt at poetry and my loose interpretation of hope is for Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop, prompt #2: April is national poetry month…Write a poem about hope.




  1. I have a lot of JDaniel's books in baskets around the house. His bookshelf is a mess too.

  2. No! No! No! I have this amazing vision in my head of your beautiful library and the amethyst door knob! It has become almost legendary and mythical. I have told all of my friends about your space.

    You gave it to a baby???

    A baby???

    She darned well better appreciate it!

  3. That looks EXACTLY like our bookcases…glad I'm not the only one. Just visiting from MamaKat's.

  4. Jdaniel4's Mom: I used to have books in baskets too (those canvas square ones) but the books always ened up filled with toys and the books always ended up on the floor!

    Korie, it's amazing how fast your house becomes too small when you start having kids. I tried to keep her in the bassinet in our room but she grew and needed space of her own. The door knob is the same, but alas, the room is now a nursery but I like that it lives on through your mythos!

    Jen, thanks for stopping by! Bookcase chaos is a universal terror!

  5. *Sigh* I loved your library and I HOPE you get it back some day.

    I liked your poem. :)

  6. Wow! That is so cool you had a library! I know it will get back to that state one day- and before you know you will be fighting the kiddos for quiet time in the library bc they are in there reading too!
    Your poem was great! I think it awesome that your kiddos bookcase looks like that bc that means those are some well loved books.
    I found you through RFE (I use him too!) and am now following your blog!

  7. My daughter’s bookshelf looks much like the one in the room of Fussypants. How I wish that would change. I liked your poem and I understand how this drives you insane.

    • I’ll keep straightening it, and he’ll keep messing it up, I’m sure!

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  8. I too remember that magical amethyst door knob and how excited you were when you found it! However, I know that you are even MORE proud of your precious little girl.

    Love your new blog. It is your “new” library;)

    • Thanks Carrie, I love this thought ” It is your “new” library”. And you are right, baby girl can have it all, she deserves it!

  9. Ha! My bookcases look exactly like that, except spilling onto the floor. When my daughter was born, I had the bookcase in her room set up beautifully. The day she started to crawl, the first thing she did was to crawl over to that bookcase and promptly tear every book from it. It’s never been the same…


    • Isn’t that the truth! I am sure they just plot out all the things they are going to grab, knock over and chew on as soon s they are mobile!

  10. I love his bookcase! It is well used.

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