Let this be my manifesto

My future is to walk the aisles of libraries. To follow and to lead, to search in ancient scrolls and books not printed yet. My future is to write my book, be bold with ink. My future is shadowing the aged librarian in my quest to clear out cobwebs and clean the shelves from syllables and dust. My future is to be your voice of reason, to find a path across this treacherous ground. Let this be my manifesto; let this be my promise to do the best I can; to be librarian and man.

first snow falling —
at the empty bird feeder
two sparrows squabble

Toni hosts haibun Monday tonight at dVerse with a prompt on our future plans (especially in writing) and I have plans to write a book on my aged librarian. I also link up to Tuesday Platform at toads.

November 27, 2017

43 responses to “Let this be my manifesto

  1. A book on your librarian sounds wonderful! 🙂 And this line “let this be my promise to do the best I can” resonates with me, as I was just discussing with another writer the things we can control, and the things we can’t.

  2. “to find a path across this treacherous ground”…it takes a brave man to walk across the minefield first. But that is what is called for from a leader.

    I think a book about your librarian is a great idea Bjorn. I have enjoyed reading back through the ones you have done, now that I found the tag.

    There was a poet a few years ago that was putting out novels in verse. It is a cool concept. I wonder if you would work a plot line through them to show his progression?

  3. I love the haiku because…it is about the first snow! You know how I love the first snow. I also am glad to hear plans for a book about the aged librarian. It takes a great deal of courage as X says. a lot of courage to do battle when it is needed.

  4. I’ve downloaded the short stories ready to read – the aged librarian will be always on my mind until you publish it, Bjorn!
    I love the thought of you searching in ancient scrolls and books not printed yet. And please, be bold with ink! I too need to ‘clean the shelves from syllables and dust’ and I definitely need a voice of reason.
    What a seasonally satisfying haiku!

  5. I applaud your ambition, and concur that your character of the aging librarian is worthy of a whole volume. I once hoped that my BLACKTHORNE series could become a book, but now it remains “a work in progress”. Libraries have changed so much today–it might be cool to make your protagonist a time traveler.

  6. (Tried to comment earlier, so apologies if it pops up twice.)

    I can’t help but think the sparrows squabbling at the empty feeder are two halves of the mind forever engaged in battle. Especially when they’re hungry. But maybe that’s just me (both of them;)

    And best wishes to you on your publishing endeavors.

  7. This is my favorite part (plus the haiku, of course):

    “in my quest to clear out cobwebs and clean the shelves from syllables and dust”

  8. My future is to be your voice of reason, to find a path across this treacherous ground.

    What a wonderful manifesto in a self-serving world, Bjorn.

  9. I love your aged librarian series so it’s fabulous to hear that you’re planning on publishing them in a book 😀 All the best, Bjorn ❤️

  10. an aged librarian and first snow, such nostalgia. i’d love to read the story of such an individual, dedicating their time and energy to caring for books, a lovely vocation. super lovely haiku for I love snow very much.

  11. I do love this. Of late, I been reading and savoring novels about librarians. After my kidney transplant, I didn’t want to return to nursing (but I did). I took and passed county tests for a librarian and library supervisor, but ended up going back to hospice in an educational role.

  12. I look forward to that book! he has become such a wonderful, mythic figure – yet so human.

  13. kaykuala
    My future is shadowing the aged librarian in my quest to clear out cobwebs and clean the shelves from syllables and dust.

    Noble thoughts for the future generation’s benefits. Not many would pursue it this way. A lot of patience needed!

    Hank

  14. A book on the aged librarian sounds fantastic … loved how this manifesto trumpeted that project – and the juxtaposition of the haiku was a brilliant finish.

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