Shadorma Photo Prompt #7 – Shopping –The Bookstore


A shadorma is composed of six non-rhyming lines (sestina or sextet) and the syllable pattern is 3-5-3-3-7-5.


The bookstore

Quaint and exclusive



I wonder if it’s open yet?

A magic place to be.



Journeys into time

Glass doors


Will it have the text I want?

Browse is what I’ll do.


So many

Volumes I so love


New authors

New writings new challenges

Do you have Jane Eyre?


I search



Shiny new

Purchases in paper bag

Tucked under my arm.

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23 Responses to Shadorma Photo Prompt #7 – Shopping –The Bookstore

  1. Taking us back to paper bag purchases. I entered the door on your first line, smiled and quietly closed it on my way out, paper bag and book in hand. 🙂

  2. Bastet says:

    Now this is my idea of a shopping spree…and you put your packages under your arm…like a Frenchman does with bread…cool, quite a hidden metaphor actually, books being the bread of life…thanks for linking up with this great poem! 🙂

  3. CC Champagne says:

    Ahhh… Another one that makes me want to go just smell the dusty air in a proper old bookstore. Really wish I’d focused on the photo rather than the consumerist side of shopping now. This has such nostalgia and… Just beautiful!

  4. Larry says:

    How’d you know? LOL! I stopped at a Gazillion Books (not my favorite) last weekend and grabbed the door handle but it was locked tight for the night. So I pressed my greasy nose to the glass and low-and-behold there, in the front-most bookcase, was MY author! It wasn’t the personalized (signed and sealed with a kiss) book I am hoping for, but there she was! Beautiful HER! I would have dropped some change that day had Gazillion’s been open, but unfortunately I had to walk away with nothing in my armpit. Perhaps I’ll try again today, this time at The Barne.

  5. JackieP says:

    Wonderful piece Michael. Ah, I do adore bookstores and it has been much, much too long since I have been in one. Brings back a lot of great memories. And Jane Eyre! My favorite, so nice to see it there. Thank you for a walk down a good memory.

  6. What a lovely shadorma!! I felt I was there too, just wish I knew what other book you bought in that paper bag….

  7. RoSy says:

    A store one could easily get lost in.

  8. I shopped with you, you know 🙂

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