Frank Poems: A LIBRARIAN IN LEEDS

Wikipedia: Leeds Library

Listlessly leafing

Through Love’s Labour’s Lost,

Alone at lunchtime

In a library in Leeds,

Is a lonely librarian.

 

But she’ll only be lonely,
Only alone,
As long as alliteration lasts
Or love’s labour is lost,
Whichever lingers least.

 

Hello! … Oh! … Did you know
There’s three Ladies and four Lords
In Love’s Labour’s Lost,
Plus the longest scene,
The longest speech and –
Simply sesquipedalian! –
The longest word
In all of his oeuvre?

 

Yes, I did.

Just between the two of us,

It’s honorificabilitudinitatibus.

"The Librarian" by Giuseppe Arcimboldo (Wikipedia)

"House by the Railroad," Edward Hopper, 1925

11/03/2023

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