A keen edge

On the precipice of dusk
only the librarian 
can see the keen edge
of lost lucidity
because the night
is infinite, insistent
insatiable, a brute
devouring sanity and sense
scribbling wacky verses 
on the bedroom walls.

That’s why the librarian 
always lights the lamp,
walks upright through the endless halls
while possessing words to stay
awake
alert while 
mumbling incantations to never ever
cross the perimeter
to the blood-inked dreams
of night adorned in gold below, 
below.

Today Lisa hosts at dVerse and asks us to write about edges and fringes. Sometimes I think of falling asleep as a crossing to a world much darker than what we perceive in the lucidity of light.

March 2, 2021

26 responses to “A keen edge

  1. You’re close to the edge with this one, Björn, with my favourite, the aged librarian. Pierre Alechinsky’s art is new to me and I like it very much. I love the idea of ‘falling asleep as a crossing to a world much darker than what we perceive in the lucidity of light’ and the opening phrase ‘On the precipice of dusk’. There is a delicious demented tone in the lines:
    ’…a brute
    devouring sanity and sense
    scribbling wacky verses
    on the bedroom walls.’
    No wonder the librarian always lights the lamp!

  2. The Aged Librarian is wise beyond his years. It feels like whatever it is hovers just at the gateway into sleep so if you go quickly you’ll pass unnoticed. I’ve missed his view and his insights about the world.

  3. ‘only the librarian
    can see the keen edge
    of lost lucidity’
    – he seems to live on the fringes of insanity: other people’s, perhaps, while he remains the sole sane observer…

  4. I love your librarian poems, and I picked the same line that Ingrid did. He seems to live in a fixed zone, the demarcation between light and darkness.

  5. The librarian as lighthouse and keeper. Really love this as a person who has worked as a librarian, it is glorious praise. Super creative take.

  6. Your opening line draws us in expertly. The incantations in the empty library at night gave me goosebumps!

  7. This sounds like the start of an intriguing movie.. great imagery!!
    Especially here… a brute
    devouring sanity and sense
    scribbling wacky verses 
    on the bedroom walls…

    Pat

  8. Obviously, they must maintain a respectable stature to exude confidence in their knowledge and memory to provide immediate answers to reference queries.

    Hank

  9. WOWZA, powerful imagery which grabs the reader, and I love the tight construction–not one wasted word. Very impressive…but I know from years past that you are a 5-Star writer, so I’m not surprised, coming back to dVerse after a long hiatus. Bravo–stay safe and healthy and bring us more excellent verse 🙂

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