Ghosts of poets lost

His books are ghosts of poets lost
the aged librarian is not alone
at night when moonlight kisses frost
on papers, words grow blood and bone
of authors that he knows by heart.
At night Will Shakespeare’s voice accost,
and sonnet corridors with art.

Os Sonetos De Shakespeare © by Jorge Martins

Os Sonetos De Shakespeare © by Jorge Martins

Today Kim hosts the Quadrille at dVerse. Come join us and write poetry in 44 words including the word ghost.

February 13, 2016

33 responses to “Ghosts of poets lost

  1. Lovely verses on this on-going series Bjorn. This is my favorite part:
    words grow blood and bone
    of authors that he knows by heart.

  2. I so love the aged librarian! He is straight out of Mervyn Peake’s Gormenghast! I love that he ‘is not alone / at night when moonlight kisses frost / on papers’. That image of words growing blood and bone is chilling – and you’ve made a verb out of ‘sonnet’! .

  3. Nice adjunct to your ongoing series–there seems to be no end to it; cool. Like Kim, I love /moonlight kisses frost/–only one of several great lines.

  4. I love the librarian. Librarians are so special and so wise, they are custodians of such special treasures. You bring him alive so well. I like that the words grow blood and bone.

  5. when moonlight kisses frost
    on papers, words grow blood and bone
    of authors that he knows by heart.

    So visual. I don’t have to use much imagination to divine the librarians love affair with words. Much like a poets.

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