Exam season is upon us – or me, at least – which means less time working from my comfortable bed and more time trying to make myself comfortable in the stiff, poorly cushioned, library chairs. I take pleasure in being surrounded by books for hours on end, but I usually prefer them to be books concerning topics that I find fascinating; Advanced Calculus and Microbiology don’t exactly scream “read me, read me” to me. Although I am sure they would be fascinating to some, I must digress.
I would like to share with you all a poem which was inspired by nothing more than the view from the fifth floor window of the university library. Why, you ask? Well, I like to think that there really is no logical rationality behind poetic expression; the reason comes from something beyond our mental comprehension. As I look at the sky through the cobweb laced window pane, something inside me demands for the beauty of what I see to be captured and preserved within a poetic connotation. Poetry is one of humanities greatest mysteries, one which we may never come to fully understand.
So, without further ado, here is a poem for your enjoyment, and possibly a window to more than just a scenic view ^_^
The Sky Beyond the Library Window By Emily Manns
At first glance, I see naught but cirrus and cumulus.
Shades of white and grey.
Fluctuating specks appearing and vanishing in quick succession.
Their cries deaf to my ears.
Man made structures hindering our fiery star from reaching through those windows.
Providing light for our eyes.
Intricately weaved patterns torn into strands by the unconstrained winds.
Spiders have long since gone.
The silhouettes of students burdened by books block my view.
I return to my studies, hoping to see that world beyond the window once again before it is stolen by the night, for no beauty can compare to the sky beyond the library window.
Just as the poem tells, I must return back to my studies. If you enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it, then I encourage you to let me know in the comments. If you didn’t like it, I encourage you to comment on it all the same. I like to encourage honesty, for if we cannot be honest with others, how on earth can we expect to be honest with ourselves? So comment away, and until next time, happy reading!