The Flight from the Library (a true story).


Today I walked to the library,

I hoped to find a chair,

so you might find me amidst the pages

of Love and Mystery there.


The librarian leapt to be of assistance

When I requested books of poetry.

Tattooed on his forearm he pointed out

Byron, E. Browning, and Shelley.


We talked of poets, their art, their lives

For well over half an hour,

A young man reading next to me laughed aloud,

The musician next to him did nothing but glower.


Dickinson has a rhythm that’s easy to read,

Frost could go on forever.

Collins is sailing around the room,

Shakespeare these sonnets we never.


On the way home I encountered

A  blue heron upon a yard wall,

Who only sat and stared at me,

He shouldn’t have been there at all.


Like a poem that can travel anywhere,

A bird in my city backyard

Alights and smiles at me on my way,

So close, and yet so far.


Contemplation, patience, successful hunt,

Symbol of adapting, like water.

Symbol of Wisdom, symbol of Light,

Watch the symbol

Taking flight.




17 Comments on “The Flight from the Library (a true story).”

  1. janinevasta says:

    Chance encounters are often the best….

  2. irfriske says:

    Sounds like you are finding yourself with every aware step you take! Marvelous! 🙂

  3. free penny press says:

    There are these moments in time, so unexpected, that bring us joy..lovely read!!!

  4. Such beautiful words…that come from your heart, I am certain, Lily.
    I wish you back a ‘Happy Spring’…with much love for you!

  5. What is the best compliment one person can give another?…I wish I could write like you.

    Be encouraged!

    • lily2u1 says:

      Thank you, I am blushing.
      But– if you wrote like me, you wouldn’t write like you. And that would be a shame.
      Besides, it wouldn’t suit you to be so emotional and… weird. : )
      ~ Lily

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