From each librarian to his successor, the laws
have to be repeated, endlessly repeated
itemized and memorized and from
every generation into next
the laws are inked to memory and flesh
so each librarian becomes like law itself
The laws starts by stating well known facts:
— The library is infinite or a lattice endlessly repeated.
— The exit to the library is only known to visitors.
— The number of librarians is a closed but unknown set.
— If you meet another librarian one of you will leave
— The next anointed librarian will appear a week before you die.
— The purpose of the laws is to preserve the books.
The laws state further that:
— Days are marked by daylight and a hum of traffic.t
— At night you may retire to your cot or desk-bound stay awake
— Every second month your office will be moved
— You may only sing at night.
— You are not allowed to make friends with visitors.
— Supervisors of the library will come incognito as guests.
From the basic laws each librarian reserves the right
to amend and add (but not remove)
more detailed rules regarding spitting, food or wardrobe sex.
The aged librarian repeats by heart the laws
before he falls
restlessly to sleep.
Frank asks us to include descriptive details in the prompt at dVerse, and I thought that this would be the moment for me to describe the library a bit, and my choice was to describe it through its laws.
September 12, 2019