Autumn Pantomimes

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       Books smell like autumn

       dust, cinnamon
       dead leaves

       (her hands picking up the bookmark
       as she smoothes the open page)

       in dreams, the bookstore
       under the stairwell

       ramshackle mall along a boardwalk
       beside dark seas

       a shelf remembered,

       disorganized, random,
       forgotten books

      alchemy, grimoires, old poems
      lost Greek originals
      translated into Latin

      cracked bindings, torn pages
      marginalia in strange hands

      commenting on mystery

      (her eyes as she reads
      focused on a different world)

      autumn smells
      like those books

      a swirl of leaves

      the treasures I seek