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Free textbooks at the copy centre

The last days of the Co-op bookshop.

I raced down
on my bike
when I heard there were
free textbooks
at the copy centre
because 
the co-op bookshop
shut down

I entered
sheepishly
‘hi
I’m here for the
free textbooks’
‘yep
just come behind here
you can take
whatever you like’

I and my fellow
knowledge seekers
perused the aisles
of untapped knowledge
‘I’m taking this
for a friend’
never before
had the barriers
into a discipline
been so low

we made our piles
and hauled away
our finds
in boxes
and backpacks
and took home
with us
the potential
to learn so much
just a couple
pages
and glue
in the end
should they ever
have cost so much

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