The Bookbinder

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In my aging calloused hands I’ve held 
the words of many a restless dreamer 
from true historians to fantasy fairy tales 
to rebellious poets and mystery characters

I’ve read the words of humble Buddha, 
and heraldic stories of epic proportions 
and traveled uncivilized countries through 
the eyes of adventurous explorers

I’ve fallen down the rabbit hole with Alice, 
and dined with Freya the vicious ice queen 
in her cold arctic blue crystal palace
My wandering mind has ‘seen’ many wondrous things

I take all the words I’ve read, put black ink to paper
sewing creamy parchment pages together
into knotty ties that bind, then glue them onto leather
adorned with a multi-layered stiffened spine

Each book I create is its own work of art 
for every page is crafted with utmost care
Each rich embossed cover touched by my hands
now out in this vast changing world somewhere

©2021 Linda Lee Lyberg

dVerse Poetics: Exploring the Narrative Voice

Linda Lee Lyberg is a wife, mother, artist, published poet and author. She resides in Mesa, AZ with her husband Pete (aka The Big Viking) of 24 years and their latest rescue, Jackson “Jax” Lyberg. Linda writes various forms of poetry, as well as short stories. You can read more of her works at: and view anthologies containing her work here: Amazon Author Page

24 Comments on “The Bookbinder

  1. What a magical craft this is, and so sad that it is a dying art. I love the character you’ve created here, and I wonder what would happen if he met Bjorn’s Aged Librarian?

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  2. There is still something magical about a leather bound vintage book with illustration pages. Love your character, and really enjoyed the read.

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  3. For a few years now I’ve been creating junk journals—books created with found pages, miscellaneous art, personal notes and poems–bound by hand stitching into the spine of a rescued discarded book,. Your poem reminded me of that hobby, which I enjoy so much.

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  4. This is utterly gorgeous, Linda! I love; “I take all the words I’ve read, put black ink to paper sewing creamy parchment pages together into knotty ties that bind.” 💝💝

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