The universe (which others call the Library) is composed of an indefinite andperhaps infinite number of hexagonal galleries – Jorge Luis Borges, The Library of Babel
Another day faded as the library was closing.
For the aged librarian it didn’t matter.
Daytime never brought visitors and he always stayed behind — alone.
The library contained adventures, his journey and his friends; and locking the doors he sighed behind his desk watching how books burst into bloom while from the poetry section the talkative flute was heard.
Tonight he would travel with Basho on narrow roads to the interior… but before they left he made himself some Oolong tea.
Cradling the cup in arthritis-hands, he felt its warmth — his lover’s breast.
He had never been alone.
Many of you might have came across my aged librarian before, for those who have not, he is inspired a lot from the writing of Jorge Luis Borges, but he is also part myself. Some day I will put the life of the librarian into a book I hope.
Friday Fictioneers is a reading (and writing) adventure under supervision of head librarian and superior custodian of imaginary frogs Rochelle. Visite her to learn more on how to create stories in 100 words.
September 11, 2019
He really likes to let his imaginate have quite a good time.
This is what books can do
A reference to one of my favourite stories. This one is surely to be found in one of the pages in one of the books in one of the hexagonal cells in Borges’ library
Oh.. I knew that there had to be another Borges fans among the fictioneers… this is a story I must have read a hundred times.
An intriguing character and place. Unique take Bjorn, well done.
I am slowly building this character…. and this goes back to my original idea… but there are other things… like romance and politics
Fascinating, Bjorn. Now I must check out Borges! 🙂
Susan A Eames at
Travel, Fiction and Photos
Do that, he is one of the original writers of flash… many of his short stories are very short.
The aged librarian is putting me under a spell.
He has me under his spell as well
This is beautiful, Bjorn.
Thank you.. the aged librarian is my voice and spokesperson.
This is a well-crafted, bittersweet story, Björn. I’m diggin’ the vibe. I’m going to have to look into Jorge Luis Borges.
Borges is a genius in creating very short stories.
You hit the nail right on the head. We watch a lot of travel television shows because we are unable to travel much any more. And we see things that we would never see if we traveled. And you are never alone!!
Travels are always possible with books.
I enjoyed your explanation about the librarian being apart of you. No doubt he would make a grand opus!
He and his world is in the making… some day it will be a book.
Books and dreams make the world we want.
Which is far better (or at least more exciting) than the one we know.
We’re never alone when we have all those fictitious people to keep us company. Love your librarian.
I think a book can be your best companion, your lover or your enemy…. and sometimes we don’t even have the choice.
A library is certainly a place of adventure.
I think it is… some nights I dream of libraries.
An interesting story made all the more so by your footnote.
My story is a but click away!
I hope that you will meet him again
I always love reading your pieces about the aged librarian. 💕
He is forming from these little pieces, at one point I will put him into a narrative of sorts.
An enchanting story, I’d very much like to read more about the aged Librarian and his travels into the worlds of imagination.
I have written quite a few poems about him… I have this idea of fashioning a book about him and the library…
a librarian is never alone with books bringing him/her company.
I hope he isn’t … though I think he is also the loneliest man on earth
Yes, he is never alone. Oolong tea and Basho…it doesnt get much better. I loved this, Bjorn.
I think I need to make myself a cup of tea.
Love the librarian…and yes, you should put his life into a book. And then, put said book into a library! 🙂 ❤
I like the idea of a library within a library… and a book within a book…
It is a pretty cool concept.
Nice portrayal of the life of a librarian. It could be a lonely life in a conventional sense. But a lover of books will never be alone.
He has is own kind of loneliness
A great library is a special place…One is rarely alone with a good book,
I think I prefer a book to the company of many people.
A unique take on the prompt, reflecting a love of libraries and their sentinels.
I wish there were sentinels of books… but I guess libraries today are more servicepoints for lonely people
Beautiful stuff, I’d love to read more of your librarian, the future book is one on my reading list! Its a brilliant idea
Some day it will be written…
Books can connect you to that part within yourself where you are never lonely.
I think so too… when you dive inside you are truly somewhere else
A lovely story, Bjorn. My mother once said that reading a book takes you to another world. Well done. 🙂 — Suzanne
It does… I wish I could read even more…
It’s been a long time since I have read his works, I have blurry memories of some short stories. I think I need to get reacquainted with Borges.
Some of his shore story are very close to flash fiction…
Books are my Calgon. They take me away 🙂
You must love libraries.
He is a true lover of books and stories. I love this, Björn.
I think he likes to live inside the books.
So do forget to live outside of them…
Definitely write this book Bjorn. I adore this librarian. Terrific piece
Aahhh … books are my love too. You can be anyone or go anhwhere with a good book. I loved this story, Bjorn. I would love to read more about this character.
I also write about love. Please view my site too.