Seaward Ho!

At first, you see him
aged and grey
his beard unkempt,
his tie is stained with tea,
but still, he asks politely

“How may I help you, dear”
he is merely a librarian

but can you hear his sea
and how he verse in waves?

Did you know that in his shoes
he keeps the sand he saved
from Treasure Island?

And if you read his books,
you know his mind,
and when you greet
his gaze and sense his sea
you may respond:

“O, Seaward ho!
It’s the glory of the sea
that turned my head.”
and he will know you know
soliloquy.

Frank wants us to use Soliloquy at dVerse. Personally, I think this is what I have been trying to do all the time with my aged librarian, but here is a serious brand new effort.

18 responses to “Seaward Ho!

  1. How cool to mix in some Melville to your librarian saga; expanding his back story. This deepens our interest in him.

  2. Ah the aged librarian…..he has become such a part of you…and then this soliloquy with a bit of Treasure Island’s sand. Wonderful post to the prompt.

  3. I always look forward to your aged librarian poems, Björn, and I enjoyed how this one took me out to sea in books. I love the thought of him versing in waves, the sand from Treasure Island in his shoes. I especially love:
    ‘and when you greet
    his gaze and sense his sea
    you may respond’.

  4. Love how you snuck your soliloquy in at the very tail end of poem- adored the sand from Treasure Island in his shoe – lovely layered image, brought your librarian to life for me.

  5. “and when you sense his sea” … provocative phrase. It seemed I could hear the waves and smell the sea breeze!

  6. “Did you know that in his shoes
    he keeps the sand he saved
    from Treasure Island?”
    Love this line, Bjorn, and the character you have created.

  7. sand in his shoes! I truly hope you are working on a book with this librarian. I’d buy it for sure.

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