Sunday, February 3, 2013

The Library


R.A.D. Stainforth reads in his library voice...


I hover among shelves,
blissfully aware
of your brave new architecture,
your circular mind.

I look past the scaffold,
the crown of thorns
thrust high and piccadilly
from your unbridled wedding cake,

taste milk and water
you have turned to wine.

Miles of subtle volumes
pressed deep and still
touchstones lodged
like pillars of salt,

more beholden in salvation,
than indulgence. 


tk/February 2013


Central Library, Manchester, U.K., photograph by Robin Gosnall 

43 comments:

  1. WOW! The words and the reading blow me away.

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  2. same here Miss Tess! brilliant words!..

    JJRod'z

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  3. ...hovering among shelves is what i often do... my friends would call me bookworm... ah, no -- i said... i'm a woodpecker....but i peck on books... anyway books are present tense of woods... 'tis nice to see R.A.D. in colored... smiles...

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  4. Beautiful reflections. Loved it.

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  5. miles of volumes...without a cold kindle in sight.

    8^)

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  6. definitely salvation.....libraries are wonders!

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  7. Circular mind? What we have here is a powerfully circular mind at work.
    Enjoyable.

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    1. Oh thank you very much, Mr. B...I'm glad you enjoyed it...

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  8. Haunting the halls of the brave new world again, eh? Lovely movement

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  9. Your words fall so effortlessly...you do have a library in your mind!

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  10. Very well written!
    McGuffy's Reader
    http://www.mcguffysreader.blogspot.com

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  11. 'Piccadilly' makes a wonderful adjective.

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    1. You know how I like to turn words on their ear...thanks Cro...

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  12. wonderful reading of wonderful words..

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  13. I feel a blinding passion, and blissfully effective prose.

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  14. Lovely! "miles of subtle volumes.."

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  15. The crown of thorns, the unbridled wedding cake, pillars of salt ...
    Mr. Stainforth's library voice, this is immensely satisfying. One of my favorites.

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    1. Thanks Helen...Stainforth's library voice is perfect here...

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  16. Miles of subtle volumes
    pressed deep and still―
    touchstones lodged
    like pillars of salt

    Can't we have these old fashioned rows upon rows that Kindle can't give? Great thoughts Tess! Hopefully lots of air-con libraries modernized are made available. It's a question of costs ultimately, though!

    Hank

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  17. i have always loved libraries. interesting to see this one in repair. you are wonderful, writing a new poem every week. an inspiration and the wallpaper is really cool.

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    1. Thank you Suki...I love that red poppy wallpaper...

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  18. Absolutely loved it! esp the pillars of salt!
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  19. A sacred and secret place indeed

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  20. Try as you might, you could never write something as beautiful as that about the Amazon Book Store. But there again, Tess, knowing you, I suspect you could (now there's a challenge for you!)

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  21. Libraries do inspire some reverence. Or maybe it's the librarians, with their stern shushing...

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  22. love this Libraries are my sanctuary

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  23. Hi Tess,

    Love all the twists and turns in this one, a bit like a tray full of puzzle pieces one wants to try to fit into a whole picture. The fun is in the attempt, the effective tease.

    Ann

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  24. You have given the library the tribute in words it deserves Tess....beautiful!

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  25. I look past the scaffold,
    the crown of thorns

    great imagery....well done, of course. Smiles.

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  26. Again excellent, seems like you have real talent.

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  27. Hey! Hey! I have to say that this was read (and worded) beautifully, Tess. It'll go in my youtube faves list for sure!

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