O U T S I D E L E F T   stay i n d e p e n d e n t

Mum in the Library

Ancient Champion. In the Library

get the weekly Outsideleft newsletter
by Ancient Champion, for outsideleft.com
I can hear that you are rightly so proud Of Them.

Mum in the library

Why the fuck are you talking to your children
At such volume.
I am old and I would imagine that
If you keep their ears clean
It's most likely
Their hearing is better than mine
Yet I can hear you clearly
Way over here in the biography big print section.

They are standing next to you.
And they are listening
They are attentive
They are figuring out
How to return their books
With silently humming machine help
And no help from you.

I can hear that you are rightly so proud
Of them.
They are your replacements after all.

Are you imagining they don't hear you?

Yes, yes, they're a good example
And you're a good example
You've got your children at the library, after all
I know they're here
Everyone in this place
nows they are here
They'll take after you, maybe
Not to be hushed
At a moment to be somewhat hushed
Not that you tried
Not even here

Maybe they'll be self aware like you
I can't figure it out
But among the books
I'm firing up this phone
and scribbling vitriolic notes
into it.

I've got little better to do

I know the library needs the foot traffic
I know The Library needs [the most disparaging word for] the flotsam that's in here that I can't find it right now
I know the library needs the computer users,
The browsers and
The borrowers
And the endless list of extra curricular activities

But what about a modicum
Of fucking decorum
From a mom to a mom.
This library needs that too.

More from Ancient Champion ancientchampion.com

see more stories from outsideleft's Fiction & Poetry archive »»

Ancient Champion

Ancient Champion only ever communicates with us online so, so much we don't know. Proud Citizen of Nowhere is the response when we ask where you from? We do know the Ancient Champion is releasing a new single each month of 2019. Instrumental music characterised as easy listening for difficult times. And a collection of extremely short stories, Six Stories About Motoring Nowhere as part of the SideCartel's Sextet series. More info at AncientChampion.com


thumb through the ancient archives:

search for something you might like...

sign up for the outsideleft weekly. a selection of new and archived stories every week. Or less.

View previous campaigns.

Pussy Power - Nein Danke
With a big side to side to Cat Power, Joe Ambrose gets all vitriolic on their asses
That Was That Year
Charting and giving a deserved boot to 2010. It was a crap one all around wasn't it?
Mother Earth is Pregnant for the Fourth Time
Your wretched soul has one last chance for funkification, courtesy of Ms. Erykah Badu
No Guitar Need Gently Weep
This Little Guitar Shop is just Aladdin's cave great!
Jason Lewis Teethgraters
These are the records Outsideleft Music Editor Jason Lewis would go to the ends of the earth to never hear again...
On Not Being In Ariel Pink's Haunted Grafitti
Madness is often best left as a spectator sport