in his solitude, moonless and lost
the ancient librarian shuffles
of seemingly identical chambers
for a single truthful apparition
in the pulp-fiction-platitudes left in the wake
of the righteous book-burning youths,
claiming that knowledge is the gravity-root
of their nation’s decay.
He should have
known that the voices
of populist clowns was merely
a canary bird
singing to warn
of circles in soot being drawn
on our doors
and the coming of pyres to burn.
the librarian smiles
in the knowledge
of books he kept hidden,
from ashes of books
knowledge might phoenix again.
I wrote this poem form the wordlist of Kerry but realized how this installment about my aged librarian might fit the pictures of Rochelle, and my belief that as long as we keep memories and stories alive we can rebuild what seems to be breaking.
Friday Fictioneers is a weekly prompt where we write stories (and sometimes poems) in hundredd words to the same image selected by Rochelle
Click on the caged frog to release more stories.
That is the power of story!
Yes… the story is what can change us.
If we let it !
I’m always a fan of librarians. They make great characters
libraries and librarians are fascinating… have you read anything by Borges?
But of course
I like his pleased smile, knowing he has saved knowledge which will hopefully inspire people of the future. I love your aged librarian series, Bjorn.
Thank you Sherry… I still wonder how I will stitch it all together one day.
Wonderful! The power of story indeed
Your poem is a story of prophecy and purging but it is also a story of hope. I have faith in the aged librarian. Your caged frog picture is perfect! Happy New Year, Bjorn.
I LOVE “phoenix” as a verb in the last line.
The caged frog photo is a lucid dream unto itself. Lovely poem. Is it just me or is the turning of the wheel just pure writing fuel?
a single truthful apparition
in the pulp-fiction-platitudes
Such a remarkable image.. and so much painful truth in your description. Yet another fine chapter in the old Librarian’s book.
Thank you for using words from the Skylover List!
I live opposite a library, and how things have changed since I was a kid. I can speak in there now without receiving a ‘shoosh’ from a frowning librarian! A delightful poem Björn
Stories have become the spoken and written record of distant past and recent past. When we no longer have stories, we will be dead or dying.
Stories are how we are who we are, whether as individuals or nations. Populist politicians may wrench the narrative in their favour for a while, but ultimately the librarians will win!
Librarians will save the world!
First, love the caged frog! LOL! Second, I loved your poem, too. Knowledge is a phoenix for those who believe.
This was wonderful, Björn.
I’m pretty sure I’ve never heard “Phoenix” as a verb before. The protection of knowledge is truly a noble undertaking.
A nation that burns books is a terrible one. Librarians should be national heroes – I love a good library.
Beautiful and deep. As long as people who can tell stories are around, not all will be forgotten.
Book burning is a trademark of totalitarian revisionists
fahrenheit 451 came back alive. a well-written poem.
Sadly, this verse rings true. Well written.
A powerful and lyrical poetic statement Bjorn, a wise commentary. I find hope in the enduring power of knowledge.
You managed to make this chilling, heartbreaking and hopeful at the same time. Quiet a feat. Wonderfully written, Bjorn
This librarian, as well as the guardian of the past, is the warden of our future, of multiple futures, hopefully not all as bleak as the dark ignorance of our book-burning present. Finely done, Bjorn, and vivid use of each word on the list.
Librarians..love them. And I agree you’ve brought chill and hope together in this piece.
Spot on for our times.
Wow! Your poetry is amazing!
So well done, Bjorn. Brilliant!
Beautifully written, insightful piece that ends on a hopeful note. I recall the ancient librarian from your earlier posts.
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