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Fellowship of Forgotten Books

Lorna is a published writer with a particular interest in narrative poetry, which she finds therapeutic.

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Gracing the corner of a cobblestone street

Your faded facade evokes an air of elegance

In weathered novels filled with untold memories

Where a host of silent voices waiting to be heard

Reside on dusty shelves echoing their gentle breaths


As storm clouds gather with the promise of rain

I step inside this sanctuary of infinite possibilities

Where ancient books create a soothing atmosphere

Eliciting the familiar scent of age-old faded ink

Surrounded by the stillness of a quiet seclusion


This comforting space where pain and love exist

In a torrid of fleeting thoughts penned by candlelight

Where sonnets take flight on the wings of free verse

Captured in the imagination of a poet’s illusions

Brought to life within the faded scripts of inspiration


These portals to other worlds exude a certain charm

Hidden in the fragile pages of countless conversations

Held in the hands of those with limitless expectations

Where the essence of life is bound within their covers

In a fragrance that nourishes the wisdom of the soul


Caught between the words of living sentences

My fingers trace the shadows of loving hands

Reflected in the pages of quiet contemplation

Enriching our lives in these moments of discovery

Wrapped in the warm embrace of an inner peace


As evening shadows cast their deep reflections

Softening the contours of your fading outlines

In chapters of the past whose timeless echoes

Whisper softly from the footnotes of remembrance

Preserved within this fellowship of forgotten books

© 2020 Lorna Lamon

Comments

Lorna Lamon (author) on September 20, 2020:

How lovely Denise and what a find. I treasure these old books and have often found quite a few of them in second hand book stores. They also have that smell of old leather and when I look at one, I try to imagine how many other hands have held it. Thank you for commenting Denise which I always appreciate.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on September 19, 2020:

You know I found an old Art Lessons book in a thrift store years ago. It had leather binding torn and faded (my first clue) and watercolor sketches glued into the first few pages. But the date of publication was 1906. It has been a treasured book filled with lots of old school art examples you just don't see anymore. It it smells wonderful. Do you have an old book like that?

Blessings,

Denise

Lorna Lamon (author) on September 18, 2020:

Thank you for your kind comments Denise and I agree there is something so special about that smell.

Lorna Lamon (author) on September 17, 2020:

Thank you for your lovely comments Vanda and I'm delighted you enjoyed this poem. Take care.

thoughtsprocess from Navsari (India) on September 16, 2020:

Beautiful poem.

Amazingly described Ma'am.

Thank you so much for sharing.

Lorna Lamon (author) on September 16, 2020:

I'm delighted you enjoyed this poem Sowrabha and old books in particular hold a special fondness for me. Thank you for your lovely comments and for visiting. Take care.

sowspeaks from Bengaluru on September 16, 2020:

Hi Linda, I could read this poem over and over again.

Loving hands, living sentences, untold memories, gentle breath, wings of free verse, the wisdom of the soul...the imagery of this poem is so all-consuming and so gently elegant . I remember as a young child, all I wanted to do was to own a library and read and discuss books.

What a fitting tribute to this sacred fellowship! Take care.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on September 16, 2020:

I love books, and even more now that I have more time to read. When my children were little it was much harder to carve out time to immerse myself in a good book, but not now. I have a lot of digital ones on my Kindle but also physical ones on my shelves. I love the smell of old pages and ink just as you described.

Blessings,

Denise

Lorna Lamon (author) on September 12, 2020:

Thank you for your lovely and insightful comments. I love old forgotten books as they breathe a life of their own. Stay safe and well Devika.

Devika Primic on September 12, 2020:

Incredible Lorna you have written a beautifully expressed poem. Forgotten books are a memory of our lives.

Lorna Lamon (author) on September 12, 2020:

Lovely to see you Hertha and I'm so glad your enjoyed this poem. Old books do have their own special essence. Thank you for the lovely comments - appreciated.

Lorna Lamon (author) on September 12, 2020:

Thank you for the lovely comment Prithviraj and for visiting.

Prithviraj Shirole from India on September 11, 2020:

I love the smell of old books. I enjoyed reading the charming poem.

Hertha David from Windhoek, Namibia on September 11, 2020:

Amazing poem. I can easily relate to paragraph two and as I read it I am reminded by my universities library where I would spent four hours a day reading any book that catches my eye while I wait for my mother to come fetch me. I love the smell of books and it's funny how the dusty ones are always very rich in literature and wisdom. Thank you for sharing this therapeutic piece.

Lorna Lamon (author) on September 11, 2020:

Thank you for your lovely comments Vidya. Books have always been a source of great joy for me and I can spend hours in old bookstores. I'm glad you feel the same and you enjoyed this poem. Take care.

VIDYA D SAGAR on September 11, 2020:

Dear Lorna, such a beautiful poem. I have always loved books. They have been my best friends for years. Books can transport you to a world of imagination, wonder, and joy. And your poem reminded me of my penchant for old bookstores. I would spend hours surfing through old books. It is a wonderful experience.

Lorna Lamon (author) on September 11, 2020:

How lovely to see you Rinita and I'm delighted that this poem conjured up the images and emotions I referred to. I love old book stores and probably spend too much time in them. Thank you for the lovely comments and I am well in this part of the world, thank you for asking. I hope you and your family are also safe and well Rinita. Take care.

Rinita Sen on September 11, 2020:

I'm deeply soothed by this poem. Your excellent imagery transported me to a used books store. There is one in my town that I used to frequent before covid. The emotions expressed in this poem are exactly the ones I experienced whenever I visited that book store. Captivating writing, Lorna. Hope all is well.

Lorna Lamon (author) on September 11, 2020:

Lovely to see you Mary and thank you for your kind comments. Yes books do transport us to other worlds.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on September 11, 2020:

Indeed books are portals to other worlds. I could feel your love and appreciation for books.

Lorna Lamon (author) on September 11, 2020:

Old books do have a particular scent of years gone by. I'm delighted you enjoyed this poem Chrish and thank you for your lovely comments. Love and best wishes. Have a great weekend.

Lorna Lamon (author) on September 11, 2020:

I've visited a few in England, however, the one in York sounds intriguing. I have always felt very much at home in old bookshop's, soaking up the atmosphere. Thank you for the lovely comments Ann - appreciated.

Lorna Lamon (author) on September 11, 2020:

I have always enjoyed visiting old book stores and tend to get lost in their atmosphere. I'm delighted you enjoyed this poem Liz and thank you for your lovely comments.

Lorna Lamon (author) on September 11, 2020:

I have always thought of books as old friends bringing their own form of solace. I'm delighted you enjoyed this poem Peggy and thank you for your insightful comments.

Chrish Canosa from Manila Philippines on September 10, 2020:

Hi Ms Lorna,

I always loved book scents!

Your poems always hold such kind of ancient mystery behind those lines. Its just too good to read!!!

A bunge of love from the Philippines.Happy weekend!

Ann Carr from SW England on September 10, 2020:

I totally relate to this. You have described the atmosphere of such places and the effect they have on me. I can spend hours in an old bookshop. There is a quaint rabbit warren of one in York - wonderful. And I love the idea of the books having their own fellowship, whispering to each other along the shelves.

Another gem from your expert pen, Lorna. A joy to read.

Ann

Liz Westwood from UK on September 10, 2020:

You have captured so much of the essence of old books on shelves. I love the portal image. It fits this subject so well. I feel like I am in this place, gazing at the books on the shelves, as I read your atmospheric poem.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on September 10, 2020:

Reading books can whisk us away to thoughts of places and people we may never meet. Books can entertain, teach us things, give us solace, and challenge us. They can also make us think of loved ones who had held them and read them before we picked them up. I have always loved books, and your poem is lovely.

Lorna Lamon (author) on September 10, 2020:

Thank you for your lovely comments Kavya and I'm glad you enjoyed this poem.

Kavya Jain on September 10, 2020:

A very well expressed poem, it takes you to a beautiful world of books. Each line is written with simplicity and sincerity. I really enjoyed the poem.

Lorna Lamon (author) on September 10, 2020:

Thank you for the lovely comments Pamela and I'm delighted that you enjoyed this poem.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on September 10, 2020:

This is a beautiful poem and tribute to all those lovely books of years passed. I love reading and so enjoyed this poem, Lorna.

Lorna Lamon (author) on September 10, 2020:

I used to help out in my Aunt's bookshop as a child and I believe that this is where my love of books and words began. I also have many of these ancient books which I still read and treasure. I always appreciate your thoughtful comments Lora and thank you for visiting.

Lorna Lamon (author) on September 10, 2020:

Thank you for your generous comments Ankita. It's always a pleasure to see you.

Lorna Lamon (author) on September 10, 2020:

Glad you enjoyed this poem John and I always appreciate your thoughtful comments.

Lorna Lamon (author) on September 10, 2020:

Always good to see you Eric and thank you for the lovely comments - appreciated.

Lorna Lamon (author) on September 10, 2020:

I always appreciate your insightful comments Rosina which mean a lot to me. Glad you enjoyed this poem.

Lorna Lamon (author) on September 10, 2020:

Thank you for the lovely comments Cheryl and I'm glad you enjoyed this poem.

Lora Hollings on September 09, 2020:

When I read your beautiful poem, Lorna, I thought of the old classics that I grew up with that were kept in a secluded room that I would love to visit. I would often curl up in a large arm chair with one of these books and read from it. Some of them had very old illustrations that were faded and it was like revisiting another era in history. Some of these books are with me till this day and I will pass them on to my daughter. Your poem took me to a wondrous place where I developed a love of books and it is a timeless treasure of words so beautifully crafted, just like these classics, that give us a unique vision into the heart and mind of the author. Thanks for sharing this splendid poem!

Ankita B on September 09, 2020:

Beautiful poem Lorna. You have described each and every line in a very charming way. I loved it.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on September 09, 2020:

I want to be part of this fellowship. What a beautifully penned poem. You never disappoint Lorna. A great read.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on September 09, 2020:

Just plain and simply beautiful. What a great idea put so nicely by pen.

Rosina S Khan on September 09, 2020:

Lorna, you have narrated the fellowship of forgotten books in a lucid and charming way through poetry. My best verse is:

As storm clouds gather with the promise of rain

I step inside this sanctuary of infinite possibilities

Where ancient books create a soothing atmosphere

Eliciting the familiar scent of age-old faded ink

Surrounded by the stillness of a quiet seclusion

I loved the exquisite poem. Thanks for sharing.

Cheryl E Preston from Roanoke on September 09, 2020:

Wonderful analogy. I love forgotten books.