Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Slice of Life: A Peek Inside

Today I join my fellow bloggers in "serving up a slice" 
to the Tuesday Slice of Life (SOL) community.
Thanks to Stacey, Betsy, Dana, BethAnna, Kathleen, and Deb
                   for hosting this meeting place each Tuesday and nurturing our writing lives.

June is on the horizon.  Its imminent arrival conjures up childhood memories of endless days stretching before me, with hours to read sprawled in the den with the noisy room air conditioner accompanying my summer journeys.  I no longer feel that any season posseses endless days.  But I head for the deck, book in hand, lunch on tray, and hope in my heart to savor summer's precious days.  While our local library is undergoing planned renovations, our bookish community is relegated to a small space in a local church (with a few computer stations) where we can pick up holds and return books.  

Sunday evening and 
time for a walk.
The parking lot is still open
even though the library doors 
are ringed by yellow tape
and "hard hat area" signs.  

I stroll familiar streets
 spying my favorite shade of
springtime yellow green leaves
framed against a blue sky.
My heart fills
with happiness for
the beauty of this world.

I return from my walk
and take the shaded path
that curves around two sides 
of our library.

I peer inside
happy to see that
renovations have begun. 
I hope for a prompt completion
of planned changes and a 
reopening in July
(fingers crossed)
for my favorite island
gathering place.

Carpet is gone,
books are protected, 
and imagination reigns
as leafy reflections frame
endless possibilities for 
summer journeys within 
the pages of a book.


  1. I hope it goes quickly. How exciting to anticipate a renovated space. I love your poem and felt like I was walking right along with you on a Sunday evening.

  2. Just think of the anticipation of a new grand reopening. May the books be happy in their newly renovated space.

  3. Oh, I do love these lines:
    leafy reflections frame
    endless possibilities for
    summer journeys within
    the pages of a book.

    Hooray for the joy of libraries and the reading adventures they hold!

  4. I adore the fact that a local church stepped up to house the library while it undergoes renovations. How brilliant! No one has to hit the pause button on their reading lives -- even for a second!

  5. Tara took my words, but I'll add a bit. I love the picture and this: "endless possibilities for
    summer journeys within
    the pages of a book." Nothing better! That's exciting about the renovations! (I just found "Rain Fish" at my bookstore!)

  6. Ok I know Linda and Tara said it but I love the image that comes with this line -Oh, I do love these lines:
    leafy reflections frame
    endless possibilities for
    summer journeys within
    the pages of a book.

    Thanks for sharing!

  7. Keep reading! I'm so glad that church is helping the library. It's so nice to have communities supporting each other.

  8. So wonderful that you are not without a library while the renovation happens!

  9. Your town sounds absolutely perfect! Strolling, walking down the streets of town just isn't possible where I live. Your poem has captured the essence of your neighborhood. And just think, it will be so exciting when the library renovations are finished! ~Amy