Library Love

by Robert Wildwood

libraries are good.
Fifth floor of the Berkeley Central Library,
the two women working the music are loving life.
They are badass.
They help me find the Queen album,
the Flash Gordon soundtrack.
I love libraries,
even when they kick me out because
i smell bad.
even when they don’t want
the books i’ve written.
There’s always a bathroom
and a water fountain
and at least one wingnut
no matter how small the town.
Sometimes the wingnut
and the librarian
are the same person.
Sometimes at the Berkeley Central Library
i get this feeling
that everyone in that building
is a wingnut
including me.
I like the Berkeley Central Library.