The following entry was received in the #YLibrary Writing Competition. Suzanne Verall writes about the library of the future.
Seasickness be damned! by Suzanne Verrall
On a ship sailing through life, sailing through time, through space. Sailing in fair weather and storms, under blue skies and strange stars. Iridescent flying fish and ghastly tentacled monsters. Unknown coastlines. Untravelled waters.
The ship’s captain is called Librarian. Excellent in a crisis, she supplies information, solutions, ideas and possibilities. She keeps the vessel seaworthy. She is first mate and navigator. Explorer extraordinaire. And when the sea is calm and I relax, or when there is nothing I can do but batten down the hatches and wait, she brings stories.
The ship has many charts. A compass. All manner of maritime instruments, some of which I have mastered. Still I have much to learn. One thing is certain: our course is plotted.
Destination – Future.
And then I dream and I realise I am the ship. Oh, the captain remains the same. For Library is the sea.