Old Library Rot

Old Library Rot

Comfy, dry, old, camphor and oil
argyle knee socks and pleated smiles
walking quietly through aisles
of decaying book piles.
The hiss of radiator bile
warming those tired
from searching endless files
in narrow wooden sarcophagi
surrounded by tinny echoes
bounced off Cloroxed tiles.

-by Ava Hypatia


Prompt: At d’Verse Poets, Kelly asks us to write about a “scents that linger”.

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15 Responses to Old Library Rot

  1. Sabio Lantz says:

    Cool: I could feel myself walking through the old library carried by the cadence of your rhyme and rhythm. Funny and reminiscent — great combo.


  2. thotpurge says:

    Beautifully described… !


  3. I really like that feeling of being in a library… Noted the other day that nobody was reading books any longer in the library… It was all gleaming laptops. I love the rhythms of your piece… It’s like a librarian’s soft footfall.

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  4. Sanaa Rizvi says:

    Wonderfully done 🙂


  5. MarinaSofia says:

    I rather like that musty, damp smell of old books in libraries. Those argyle knee socks and pleated smiles were just perfect – really enjoyed that!


  6. Mary says:

    You’ve captured what it’s like.


  7. Grace says:

    I could imagine myself wading through all that piles of books ~ Good one ~


  8. Bodhirose says:

    You did so great with this in such a few well-chosen words. I loved the description of those who patrol the “stacks.” I really enjoyed your fun poem.


  9. Never mind
    libraries mine..
    dark.. so dark..
    i navi
    fAll asleep..
    until liGht oF
    iMac Wakes..
    iRead aGain..
    stiMulus now..
    iLiGht smeLLs
    Speeds Read


  10. kelly says:

    Oh, I love this… Pleated smiles and pleasant memories… This past summer I renewed my library card after many years… And just one trip there took me back to this place.


  11. rosross says:

    Cleverly done. Economy of style with the emphasis on style.


  12. rythaephua says:

    I agree with rosross. Love it.


  13. I love old libraries and you’ve capture their essence perfectly. It is sad that so many young people today will never know the beauty and scent of old libraries as they use their phones to find information once housed in such great institutions. Peace, Linda


  14. sreejaharikrishnan says:

    You created the ambiance so well!!


  15. whimsygizmo says:

    Oh! Such fantastic, fun sounds in here. LOVE it.
    Thank you for your kind comments.


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