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Mind's Aisles


By Katrina ThornleyPublished 2 months ago 1 min read

The aisles thin

Growing dark and dank

Dust littered shelves

Broken fragments

Books without spines

Half torn titles,

Loose pages flutter

Unsure of their place

In the categorized mess-

A piece of a plot

Still standing unsolved,

Loose characters fluttering by

Paper airplanes formed and tossed

Through air to stick or crash

Upon the shelves

Among thick volumes

And thin typed chapters

With their endings torn to shreds

To be used as confetti

When one of their brethren is found

Remembered and stored

In a location suddenly obvious

To a mind left wandering

Aisles they created

To make sense of a formed disaster

Years in the making-

Momentarily paused

As reflection stares back

With creased forehead

And studious eyes,

Clenched lips and fidgeting fingers-

That suddenly reach and grip

The sides of the mirror,

Pry from wall

With broken nails-

And store it upon the shelf

Behind a line of books

Never to be read-

Hoped to burn.

Katrina Thornley is a nature poet. novelist, and freelance journalist that resides in Rhode Island. She has two poetry collections currently published, a novel, as well as a short story anthology. Her poetry collections "Arcadians: Lullaby in Nature" and "Arcadians: Wooden Mystics" were inspired by a local park and life in her small rural town. You can find them on Amazon now!

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About the Creator

Katrina Thornley

Katrina Thornley is a Rhode Island based author and poet. You can find Arcadians: Lullaby in Nature and Arcadians: Wooden Mystics on Amazon now. Her debut novel Kings of Millburrow is now available!

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  • ARC2 months ago

    Wow, Katrina this is powerful and captivating. What a beautiful, mystical walk through the mind. Will be back to read this again and keep mining. Thank you for sharing this with us!

  • Furqan2 months ago

    Great work Katrina !

  • Dana Crandell2 months ago

    That subtitle is perfect, by the way.

  • Dana Crandell2 months ago

    I feel you've just opened my skull and peered into the chaos! Congratulations on a superb piece and a well-deserved Top Story.

  • Kendall Defoe2 months ago

    A not too bad take on horror and the physical world of world!

  • m ali zafar2 months ago

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  • Victoria R Rise.2 months ago

    Very good 😊

  • Ali Haider 2 months ago

    Amazing 😍

  • it's a great Creative

  • Melissa Ingoldsby2 months ago

    Great work!! Congratulations on top story!

  • Nikki2 months ago


  • Dylan 2 months ago

    very good!

  • You have captured the littered & disordered state of my mind so clearly, I'm afraid that any comment I might make will make absolutely no sense at all. Well done! Congrats on top story.

  • Muhammad Ali2 months ago

    This poem beautifully captures the chaos and mystery of an abandoned library, with vivid imagery and a sense of nostalgia for lost stories. The final image of the mirror being hidden away adds an eerie layer of meaning to the piece.

  • Charlotte Flores2 months ago

    This poem paints a vivid picture of a neglected and chaotic library. The imagery of loose pages and torn titles creates a sense of disorder, yet there is also a feeling of nostalgia and longing for lost stories. The final lines about the mirror being stored on a shelf add a haunting touch to the overall mood.

  • Donna Renee2 months ago

    This was so interesting and I loved how the title worked to set up my interpretation. 😁

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