Protecting the library

“People can lose their lives in libraries. They ought to be warned.”
― Saul Bellow

One September-day
a lady waltzed
into his inner sanctum of forgotten books;
an eyelash-teardrop clinging
to her lustrous smile.

He missed a heartbeat
thinking
she had come to nick his heart
    (or worse — his books);
but as she left
she only took his breath.

The Lady of Shalott by
John William Waterhouse



Today it’s Quadrille at dVerse. De hosts and the word is nick, and as you all know a quadrille is exactly 44 words that has to include the given word.

September 9, 2019

24 responses to “Protecting the library

  1. Ah, an aged librarian quadrille! You’ve made my Monday, Björn, and this one is a corker! A love interest, no less. Dare I exhale now?
    By the way, I love the choice of image. 🙂

  2. There seems to be no limit to the scintillating adventures of the aged librarian. Did you enjoy the image I sent you for him? The image you used is wonderful, putting a time stamp on the event.

  3. I so enjoyed this. You managed to get a whole story into the quadrille, and I laughed at the “worse–his books.” Perfect image. The Lady of Shallott is a mystery, too.

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