Flash Fiction for the Aspiring Writer: Poem -Free Verse – “World’s in Books #amwriting #poetry

Thank you to Priceless Joy for hosting FFftAW.


TJ Paris


Leave me here; I don’t want to go back yet, 

Gigantic and prolific library,

Please, I beg, let me stay the night, explore.

The windows are huge, light the entire room.

Let me stay as day fades, using candlelight to read.

I’ve spotted mint condition editions, Mark Twain.

On the otherside I found, several books by Jane Austin, 

I can hardly breathe, there’s so much literature.

Nathanial Hawthornes, Scarlet Letter,

D.H. Lawrence, Sons and Lovers, found, 

You’re angry; I understand, go back to the hotel, 

Let me read as the sunsets, in black night.

You don’t understand all the world’s I’ve discovered, 

I walked in a simple library, found glory.

Paging through stories, even modern,

Saul Bellow’s Mr Samler’s Planet, found,

Stephen King and Margaret Atwood her —

I never liked so much as Harlequins,

Dated back to the nineteen-forties, fifties, 

A treasure I’ve found, it’s priceless, worth so–

Much more than all the gold, which ever was and is,

Leave me read dear, let me delight, in lands, 

We can never see, outside this hallowed sanctuary. 


©Mandibelle16. (2016) All Rights Reserved.

21 thoughts on “Flash Fiction for the Aspiring Writer: Poem -Free Verse – “World’s in Books #amwriting #poetry

  1. ceayr June 22, 2016 / 11:51 pm

    Delightfully crafted.
    But you did not mention Medville Matters.
    Just an oversight, I assume, my dear lady?

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    • mandibelle16 June 23, 2016 / 2:28 am

      How did I miss that one? It was probably the book with most worn pages. Adding it to my future reading list 🙂


  2. Michael June 23, 2016 / 12:21 am

    I’m curious is it a ‘hollowed’ or ‘hallowed’ sanctuary?

    Liked by 1 person

    • mandibelle16 June 23, 2016 / 2:26 am

      Great catch Michael. It is hallowed, like a holy place almost. I did use hollowed in my SPF poem, as in depressions in the eyes of the skull. Confused I guess. Thanks for reading and for asking 🙂


  3. Priceless Joy June 23, 2016 / 11:45 am

    Sounds like she is in heaven! Surrounded by such old and lovely books! Great story, Mandi!

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  4. jademwong June 23, 2016 / 3:24 pm

    Scarlet Letter! One of my faves. I see you also thought of a library at the photo 🙂 Great poem, Mandi! I can always count on you to be creative with your poetry.

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  5. clcouch123 June 24, 2016 / 7:45 pm

    “Leave me read” and adds “dear.” A loving way to say I’m in my world at last; please let me stay. This is a poignant reverie about the library. And I can only agree with everything!

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    • mandibelle16 June 24, 2016 / 8:17 pm

      Thank you Christopher. There is something magical about a library. Maybe because my Mom always took us as kids and were learned to love it, but either way they are much beloved 🙂 have a great weekend 🙂

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      • clcouch123 June 25, 2016 / 7:47 pm

        I agree! The library was, and is, an important place. Where I live now, the library is around the corner. It’s not that well-developed, but it’s there with books and comfy chairs. I hope your weekend is going grandly.

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  6. creatingahome June 26, 2016 / 6:15 am

    Leave me read dear, let me delight, in lands,

    We can never see, outside this hallowed sanctuary.
    ❤ this.

    Liked by 1 person

    • mandibelle16 June 27, 2016 / 5:54 pm

      Thank you Jacqueline. I honk for the speaker, that many books in such a beautiful place is indeed heaven. Have a great Monday my friend.

      Liked by 1 person

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