The Bookshop

11 Feb

Here is something I did over at Morgan’s blog, being a nice chap and all, check it out!


shakinThis blog post is brought to you from the mind of Ste J, book defender/lover/obsessive, knowledge seeker and occasional afternoon napper who can be found and is always happy to make your acquaintance.

The Bookshop


Entering the gateway

quaint handle and ring of the bell

a friendly greeting and the musty scent

that pleasantly assails the senses


A world of infinite dreams surrounds

of pirates, distant worlds and lavish parties

each crafted teaming with life and imagination

all waiting to be explored and devoured


The ages gather here too

ordered casually together

side by side

covered in dusty patience


Time moves differently here


the world outside ceases to be;

the perfect existence


And now there is just you

and sound of pages turning

the crackling breaking the silence

adding to that unrivalled atmosphere


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Posted by on 11/02/2017 in My Writings, Poetry


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41 responses to “The Bookshop

  1. pedrol

    11/02/2017 at 15:14

    love it 🙂 PedroL


    • Ste J

      13/02/2017 at 14:20

      Thanks pal, when it is something so many people love, the words flow easier as I know so many will agree.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. writersideup

    11/02/2017 at 16:42

    Ste J, this is amazing. Seriously. You capture the essence so perfectly—the thing we book lovers cherish about bookshops. I need to figure out how to properly print and frame this 😀


    • Ste J

      12/02/2017 at 12:46

      Why thank you! I had used a lot more flowery language but decided to distil it into the essence of simplicity and talk about what matters most when experiencing it in a bookshop.

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Resa

    11/02/2017 at 17:17

    Well done! (Is that a picture of a bookshop, or your den?) Lol!


    • Ste J

      12/02/2017 at 12:47

      Haha, I wish it was all mine, I’d never leave.


  4. A.R.Frederiksen

    11/02/2017 at 17:30

    Being a guestblogger of Morgan’s myself, I found this piece on there at first, but I also wanted to come here and give my regards – just because I really, really like this piece!


  5. A.R.Frederiksen

    11/02/2017 at 17:43

    And, actually, you just inspired me to write a poem of my own, so thanks – nothing is better than reading the stuff of others and be inspired to write stuff of your own! 😀


    • Ste J

      13/02/2017 at 14:22

      I am glad I could help and thanks for stopping by. Blogging is wonderful for sharing and inspiring…the amount of books that are recommended to me is obscene sometimes!

      Liked by 1 person

  6. Mika

    11/02/2017 at 18:44

    Loveee this


    • Ste J

      12/02/2017 at 12:38

      Thank you, I need to get to writing more poems and things, I just never seem to find the time!

      Liked by 1 person

      • Mika

        12/02/2017 at 13:04

        Im so down to read those!


  7. Jeff

    11/02/2017 at 19:51

    Pretty much. The question is what bringing a fold-up stool means!


    • Ste J

      13/02/2017 at 14:32

      That would mean I was moving in for the day, may bring a flask of coffee too!

      Liked by 1 person

  8. Jill Weatherholt

    11/02/2017 at 20:32

    Nicely done, Ste J!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Ste J

      12/02/2017 at 12:59

      Thanks! It is nice to flex my imaginative muscles every so often!

      Liked by 1 person

  9. Jess

    11/02/2017 at 21:55

    Bravo =) beautiful poem (I mistyped “beautiful power” first and I guess that’s accurate). The accompanying picture with the paint peeling off the ceiling is great too ^_^


    • Ste J

      12/02/2017 at 12:48

      Wikipedia came to my rescue again there! I am glad you liked it, I will try and write more as the fancy takes Ste.


  10. clarepooley33

    11/02/2017 at 23:03

    Very nice SteJ!


  11. Lyn

    12/02/2017 at 04:12

    An armchair here and there…coffee machine in an unobtrusive corner…perfect!


    • Ste J

      12/02/2017 at 12:38

      My local bookshop has just started doing coffee and cake, it really is a place fit for a king!

      Liked by 1 person

      • Lyn

        13/02/2017 at 00:31

        Our local Christian bookshop has a full cafe. One of their chili chicken wraps and you’re set for the whole day 🙂


        • Ste J

          13/02/2017 at 14:21

          Ooo sounds delicious, I could go for one of those right now!

          Liked by 1 person

  12. shwetadave09

    12/02/2017 at 13:35

    Looking at the picture I just felt…leave me in there never to find my way out 🙂 Awesome words to describe the picture so perfectly 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • Ste J

      13/02/2017 at 14:31

      Haha, books are so bewitching, all those together and the knowledge that so many hidden gems have to be excavated from the piles. It is the best place to spend a day or two if people are willing to bring you food.


  13. shadowoperator

    12/02/2017 at 14:15

    Lovely, emotively drawn picture of what I know is one of your favorite places. I wondered when you were going to do more poetry again! Now I feel rewarded for my patience.


    • Ste J

      13/02/2017 at 14:24

      I got lost in all the books, there is so much I am enjoying and I am starting my second Russian author in three books so I am certainly going for it this year but will try and make more room for poetry as I remember too!


  14. Christy B

    12/02/2017 at 20:30

    Oh my gosh!! I loved your poem, Ste J!!! It’s so true that we lose the outside world when we enter a book shop – you capture the essence of the experience very well in your words. Now I want to go to a shop!!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Ste J

      13/02/2017 at 14:37

      I spent my time doing the research of course hehe. Go forth find books, love them, recommend them to me and let the cycle go on!

      Liked by 1 person

  15. Asha Seth

    14/02/2017 at 09:10



    • Ste J

      14/02/2017 at 14:50

      Thank you my friend, just a humble effort from myself.

      Liked by 1 person

  16. macjam47

    17/02/2017 at 12:45

    Even if I didn’t see your name attached to this poem, I think I would have recognized your voice in it. Lovely. Where did you find the picture? It looks like your kind of bookshop. I can definitely see that it would inspire you.


    • Ste J

      22/02/2017 at 09:30

      I found the photo on Wikipedia, being rushed for time but it really worked. I love the world of the bookshop and that you recognised my voice in it, really cheers my soul on a cold winter’s day.

      Liked by 1 person

  17. Purpleanais

    16/03/2017 at 15:24

    Love, love, LOVE!


    • Ste J

      17/03/2017 at 13:51

      I wish I had more time on this one, rather than my short deadline, I envisioned so much more for it. Having said that if you love it, I am at least doing something right.


  18. The Book Haven

    17/04/2017 at 19:13

    Awesome poem! And I can spend the rest of my life in that room full of books!


    • Ste J

      16/05/2017 at 16:20

      Thank you, I feel like that with every bookshop that I visit, the only thing that makes me leave is the need to read what I already own. If I could bottle that scent though…

      Liked by 1 person


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