Our Story

I read our story in a book yesterday,

found it in an old bookstore,

that smelled,

like your feet – not the book itself,

but the store. The book smelled of vanilla,

an odd mustiness, that only comes with age

and marination,

like the seashell you found

that day we sailed away,

held it to your ear,

and heard such secrets,

old words,

glue, paper, ink, fibers,

the smells unravel,

long walks with the dog,

days sick in bed,

the flowers we planted,

the cookies and tea.

This book read like the Bible,

right before judgement falls,

the pages rolled back,

like the sun

across our wooden deck,

battered and worn,

marked up counting kids,

chasing butterflies,

catching frogs.

It ends like

the beginning,

adrift on the waves,

rocked back and forth…

we managed to sleep.

Merril is hosting at dVerse and asks us to write about connections. For this prompt, I want you to think about connecting or connectionsโ€”in any sense. It could be connecting ideas, connecting historical moments, or your own connections with people, places, nature, or art. 

16 thoughts on “Our Story

  1. Oh my heart this is absolutely exquisite! โค๏ธ I especially love; “The book smelled of vanilla, an odd mustiness, that only comes with age and marination, like the seashell you found that day we sailed away.” ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. I’m transported by the smell of old books, and you took me there, but then we journeyed on through the phases of life. What a great read!

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