It’s the question of all questions
To a bibliomaniac,
Once the creaking bookshelves have become unduly fat:
How to arrange the books?
Should you order them by alphabet,
So orderly from A to Z?
But now biography mixed and jumbled in with fantasy,
How should I arrange the books?
So should you group them by genre,
Quite nicely with their kind?
But what of the authors with multiple minds?
How now to arrange the books?
Perhaps I should imitate a real library;
Use Dewey Decimal system.
But I think it complicated now, as I did then.
So how should I arrange the books?
Wouldn’t it be cute, I think,
To order them by color?
But one member of a series is not always like another.
How should I arrange all these books?
But really, it’s a simple answer.
I shouldn’t be surprised at it.
At this point, it’s all about how on earth they all will fit.
That’s how I’ll arrange the books.