The librarian’s apprentice

The new apprentice —
zephyr-torn with tresses tied
and apple-cheeks to mask
her scowl —
tall she strode in polished
patent-leather brogues
seeking for the syllables
to steal and stitch to sentiments
of sinful sense.

She entered
through the ante-room
slack-legged self-aware,
Plato hidden in her knapsack
and Marx in hand
she requested stern-faced
from the aged librarian,
the wisdom from the
scripted scrolls she
knew he kept below.

He asked her soft-voiced
to sit down
and brought her tea,
laced with patience meant
to melt her scowl,
and as the day turned into night
the new apprentice stayed to let
her hair hang loose,
and walked the halls,
to learn how closely moonlit shadows
measure space and time.

Woman with a Book by Fernand Leger

For Grace hosting OLN at dVerse.

24 responses to “The librarian’s apprentice

  1. I love how you described the new apprentice Bjorn specially:

    seeking for the syllables
    to steal and stitch to sentiments
    of sinful sense.

    And her transformation in the end is superb. Patience won!

  2. Many of our youth are impatient and easily bored. It’s refreshing to think the old librarian had the patience to penetrate her techno-arrogance.

  3. That’s a surprise, Björn! I thought the poor librarian was doomed to suffocate in dust and loneliness, and now he has an apprentice! I’m intrigued as to how this will turn out. She seemed more of an antagonist than a help-mate, with her polished patent-leather brogues,
    ‘seeking for the syllables
    to steal and stitch to sentiments
    of sinful sense’.
    I love that:
    ‘He asked her soft-voiced
    to sit down
    and brought her tea,
    laced with patience meant
    to melt her scowl’
    and she finally let her hair down!

  4. Ooooh….you have some great lines here, Björn- best of all are these:
    seeking for the syllables
to steal and stitch to sentiments
of sinful sense.

  5. This is magical and wonderful Björn. Loved the te laced with patience — I could certainly use that at times. 🙂

  6. A match made in heaven: he wants to teach and she wants to learn. I very much enjoy this introduction of the librarian’s apprentice. I hope this is the first of many chapters.

  7. This is incredibly riveting, Bjorn! ❤️ At long last the librarian has an apprentice .. who seems strong headed with her; “polished patent-leather brogues seeking for the syllables to steal and stitch to sentiments of sinful sense.” I am excited to read what happens next in the series 🙂

  8. I’m really intrigued by “patent-leather brogues seeking for the syllables.” I felt the need to be quiet as I read.

  9. Oh, how lovely – a new character! And how even more lovely that she so soon begins to soften and let herself experience the magical library instead of hanging on to rigid preconceptions.

  10. masterful, Bjorn…a lot of music in this, I love that recurring ‘s’ running through the poem and the details that bring the character to life.
    ..”Plato hidden in her knapsack
    and Marx in hand”.

  11. and walked the halls,
    to learn how closely moonlit shadows
    measure space and time.

    One often is not really aware that there are people dedicated enough to work late nights and remained unsung!

    Hank

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