Because it was not in my MW online dictionary: John Koenig wrote that the word vellichor, which he apparently created, refers to “the strange wistfulness of used bookstores, which are somehow infused with the passage of time…”
When Jean Webster
lived, wrote, and died,
grandmother was still alive.
Both lives ended
from new life inside.
My century+ old copy
with stains and library marks
has redolent suggestions
of hidden stacks in bookstores.
Vellichor, the petrichor of paper,
print, and the souls
of past passionate readers.
Look both ways as you hold hundreds of years in your human hands.
Mind the gaps in time as we admire the history of the human mind.