Illusion of enlightenment

Embraced by boughs
a clearing is his cave,
a cavity of viewpoints,
windows both to creeds
and devastating dogma,
in the forest, thoughts
find refuge in his home;

embraced by books
the aged librarian sends
roots into the darkness
deep below to lift ideas
for the wind to grasp
and spread as rain
for us to comprehend
… or die.

Embrace by Lee Madgwick.

Today Sarah hosts at dVerse with images by Lee Madgwick. You can find more of him at https://leemadgwick.co.uk/ but please only use images shared by Sarah at dVerse.

September 13, 2022

21 responses to “Illusion of enlightenment

  1. I love the aged librarian series. This photo also captivated me with its boughs and forest. I specially like the roots into the darkness deep below to lift ideas. Do or die, I can imagine the consequences.

  2. Ah, you catch something of the sinister here … I have a mixed relationship with libraries … and as for librarians …? Comprehend or die sounds a grim edict, so please may I be let off homework tonight?

  3. I have always enjoyed this series of yours. Roots in the darkness deep below, those marvelous trees of wonder. The aged librarian is a wizard of sorts in a magical land.

  4. roots descending into darkness in order to bring up ideas ( into the light) or rain – in order to live or die… love that whole train of thought.

  5. Björn,

    Books and boughs, roots and rain, caves and thoughts/ideas: the lodging of the aged librarian breathes refuge and promise. He has that quality of both wizard and recluse: so intriguing.

    ~Dora

  6. Oh, he returns, in a wonderfully dark tale of the strange. He returns to elucidate and to warn. I had always wondered where he made his home my friend. It’s as exquisitely mysterious as he… 😏

  7. This is very profound, in a positive sense. I especially liked, “a cavity of viewpoints,” and “to lift ideas for the wind to grasp.” The last line conveys a sense of urgency. Of course, the title of the poem sets the tone, “the lens” through which the poem should be understood. Overall, very intriguing words.

  8. A nice Librarian poem, Djorn, I like it. Now perhaps our muses won’t need to poke around in the darkness, just hold her/his net and cross fingers for a large catch.
    ..

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