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Poem: "We've Got It Covered"

This poem came out of the October 4, 2011 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by a prompt from siege and my determination to write about imaginary bookstores in hopes of reminding people of the need for brick-and-mortar bookstores.  It is posted as a free perk for the February 7, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl meeting the $150 goal.  This poem belongs to the Monster House series; you can read more about that on the Serial Poetry page.


We've Got It Covered


There's a bookstore a few blocks away,
at the corner of Hollow Oak Drive and Lewis.
The sign in the window says We've Got It Covered
and they usually do.  Oh, we tried to be discreet
at first, because most people don't appreciate weirdness,
but my wife and I soon learned better.

The store is owned by two quiet young men
who dress in dark pants and tidy white shirts.
They'll help you find what you want, all right,
but if they can't, they'll provide a distraction
while the ghost creaks his way down the stairs
to pull the relevant title out just enough
to snag a hand as it trails along the shelf.

When we found out about our daughter's blindness
and went looking for helpful references,
they found the right books for us ...
and expanded the audiobook shelf without being asked.
We bought textured baby books for her,
and albums of lullabies from around the world,
and early readers and fairytales.

One time when I took her to the bookstore,
she pointed and said, "Look, a dragon!"
I looked.  There was indeed a tiny dragon
with wings the color of old leather
and a belly as pale as parchment.
"So it is," I said.

"Won't he set the place on fire?"
my daughter asked.
"No," said one of the owners,
"he's a bookwyrm."

"Oh," she said.  "So if he doesn't breathe fire,
then what does he breathe?"
"Inspiration,"
the man said.

"That must be a handful
on open mic poetry nights,"
I said to him.

"Don't worry," the owner replied,
"we've got it covered."

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ankewehner From: ankewehner Date: February 13th, 2012 07:27 am (UTC) (Link)
Bookwyrm! That's lovely. XD
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: February 13th, 2012 08:00 am (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

I actually have the t-shirt that says "Bookwyrm" with a dragon reading, though he looks nothing like this one.
catsittingstill From: catsittingstill Date: February 13th, 2012 12:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
I am intrigued by the blind daughter who can spot the bookwyrm first. It makes me wonder if her blindness is partly a matter of seeing things other people can't.
siege From: siege Date: February 13th, 2012 03:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm sure it helps that she has the Eye of Fate. :)
If you like this one, there are more poems in the series.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: February 14th, 2012 02:23 am (UTC) (Link)

Yes...

Partly. She started out with a seeing-eye gremlin, which she can see even though other people can't. Later on she acquired the Eye of Fate, which reveals things relating to destiny -- like people, or historically significant objects, but not a lot of ordinary things. So she moves through the world in a unique collage of experiences.
From: (Anonymous) Date: February 13th, 2012 02:31 pm (UTC) (Link)

(Cat Sanctuary, actually)

I wonder whether the blind girl would have spotted the dragon first because she's more attuned to temperatures, odors, or some other nonvisual evidence of its presence. Love this bookstore!
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: February 14th, 2012 02:27 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: (Cat Sanctuary, actually)

>>I wonder whether the blind girl would have spotted the dragon first because she's more attuned to temperatures, odors, or some other nonvisual evidence of its presence. <<

I'm not sure. It could very well have been a non-visual clue, because her other senses are quite acute and the bookwyrm is well camouflaged on a visual level.

>>Love this bookstore!<<

Yay!
fayanora From: fayanora Date: February 14th, 2012 02:00 am (UTC) (Link)
I love this series soooooo much.

This reminds me of an old story I lost the file for, of an occult book store being run by a collective of magical shape-shifting insectoid people that reproduced asexually and were a benevolent hive mind.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: February 14th, 2012 02:16 am (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

>>I love this series soooooo much.<<

*happydance*

>>This reminds me of an old story I lost the file for, of an occult book store being run by a collective of magical shape-shifting insectoid people that reproduced asexually and were a benevolent hive mind.<<

That sounds like a fun place to shop!
eseme From: eseme Date: February 15th, 2012 02:01 am (UTC) (Link)
I do love the name of the bookstore. And am not at all surprised that the Monster House has a unique bookstore...
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: February 15th, 2012 02:24 am (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

>>I do love the name of the bookstore.<<

I had fun with it. I like bookstores with cute names. The one I created for Donor House over at kajones_writing is Echoes of Alexandria. They have vampires rather than dragons. :)

>> And am not at all surprised that the Monster House has a unique bookstore... <<

Well, I wanted it to be an interesting and appealing neighborhood. So it's not purely residential. There are probably some other little businesses scattered around too. Most towns and cities in downstate Illinois are like that, and some elsewhere are as well, where many neighborhoods have things like a hairdresser, antique shop, bookstore, etc. tucked into what was originally built as a house. With or without someone still living in part of it.
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