On Saturday June 27th at 1.00pm the Deseronto Public Library will host the launch of Richard Goodfellow’s book of poems, Through Sun and Shadow. Dick is a member of the Deseronto Archives Board and is a resident of this town.

Dick will read some of his poems and copies of the book will be available for purchase. Refreshments will be served. Full details of the event are included in the invitation [PDF format].

Here is an archivally-themed poem from the collection, reproduced here, with permission from the author:

The Auction

I won’t be there to greet you
When you rummage through my life,
I’ve gone to where the old folks stay
And I cant come home anymore.

There’s a faded rose in my favourite book
Take care when you turn the pages,
And leave untouched so fondly pressed
The four leaf clover for luck.

The postcard albums have stories to tell
Please treat them like old friends,
And the letters bound in the cedar chest
Reveal the thoughts of youth.

The family Bible I took with me
And love letters home from War
When he was young and vibrant
And thought so much of me.

So little else I’ve room for
Perhaps you’ll understand
What I hold dear I must make clear
I can not take it with me.

So rummage through my lifetime
And read through all my longings
Perchance you’ll find among them
Some part of you within them.

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