He can only speak in poetry

He always thought that
could be built as essays (unabridged).
That if he listened — after-
wards he’d be allowed to speak his mind.

“It’s like crossing ridges —
once you reach the highest point it’s downhill
to the valley below”

But timeslots slips; the aged librarian
and builds his thesis,
breath by breath,
strong with reason — walled with words
and punctuated,
it’s perfected
juxtaposed to synthesis;

“My mouth is filled with pebbles”.

He believes that chasms of treason
can be closed
if just once
he’d be allowed to speak his mind.

He lights a candle. Sighs.
Cause bridges crumble and his pens run dry.
That’s why
the aged librarian just makes sense in


Bridges can be scary

Today Lillian prompts us to write poetry on bridges at dVerse. My choice was to continue a series on the aged librarian and taking a more metaphoric approach on the bridge. But the prompt is open to all kind of bridges. Join us at 9 PM CET when pub opens.

January 10, 2017

27 responses to “He can only speak in poetry

  1. Well you have me wondering now. I’m not familiar with our aged librarian series but it is now a must read. Can you direct me?
    Love your reply to this bridges prompt….I suspect we will have many diverse responses.Looking forward to the reading later on today.

  2. Björn this is definitely one of my favorite poems by you. I read the first stanza and thought I have to quote it below because I love it, then I read the second and so on and pretty soon I realized I would be quoting the whole poem. This is a work of genius!

  3. Perhaps, allegorically, we are all aging librarians, doing our research, then eager to communicate what we’ve discovered and learned–and yes, only in poetry do most of us find a voice & an audience, I like the line /cause bridges crumble & his pens run dry/.

  4. Wow, my comment disappeared. So, I’ll try again (I hate it when that happens). Perhaps, allegorically we all are aging librarians, quietly doing ur research & cogitating, then excitedly wanting to share what we’ve discovered and learned–and yes, mostly through poetry we find our voice & audience.

  5. Excellent opening stanza … bridges crumble, pens run dry but at the end there’s still poetry. So true. As Bukowski said: Poetry is what happens when nothing else can’ … must check out your librarian. Sounds intriguing

  6. “strong with reason — walled with words” ~ this is true to most of us. Can’t help but think that there’s an aged librarian in each of us. Well penned, Bjorn.

  7. I love this, Bjorn, especially:
    “builds his thesis,
    breath by breath”

    I have often thought that I love poetry because it is short term commitments. 😉

  8. Excellent addition to the aged librarian series, Bjorn 😀 especially awed by these lines; “It’s like crossing ridges — once you reach the highest point it’s downhill to the valley below” Beautifully executed.

  9. This resonated with me, Bjorn. I can relate to the aged librarian…mouth full of pebbles at times but finding words through poetry!

  10. I really want to gift him a fountain pen. Re-fillable. Poetry sometimes must not only be read, but also one must be poetry, exist as poetry.

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