a quote from my favorite author

“The most solid advice, though, for a writer is this, I think: Try to learn to breathe deeply, really to taste food when you eat, and when you sleep, really to sleep. Try as much as possible to be wholly alive, with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell, and when you get angry, get good and angry. Try to be alive. You will be dead soon enough.”

-William Saroyan, The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Adirondack Journey

(or what I am looking forward to most about the summer)

I sit in my backyard
in my Adirondack chair—

a purchase brought on by my longing
to recreate
and summer weeks spent at the lake.

My Maine lighthouses travel cup,
filled with ice cold water,
a reminder of my week with Nancie,
rests at the tip of the oversized, flat arm.

Farther back on the arm is my notebook,
accompanied by a variety of pens,
for notetaking.
I want to savor every moment,
to absorb the pages into my pores,
by keeping record of my thoughts.

At my feet,
the dogs lay,
panting in the cool grass—
content to travel wherever I may lead them.

In my hands, I hold a book—
my guide on a summer journey
of professional growth.

I sit in my backyard
in my Adirondack chair—
I read.


  1. Lovely! It sounds so relaxing and fulfilling! Your writing makes me long for summer, as well. I keep setting aside books that I plan to read come May, June, July. I wouldn't mind a quick fast forward on the term. Soon....soon.

    -Carrie F.

  2. Your poem captures the physical journeys you've taken in your life and those of your mind. I get a sense of what is important to you, hopes and dreams, and both this moment and several moments.

  3. Ahh....I'd love to join you--got another chair just like it? I have one on my front porch, with wide arms just right for a coffee cup or a journal or a book laid to wait while I gaze up and out. Love this poem--if you do revise, repost! I want to see it, though I do like it as is.
    Also wanted to thank you. Your comments on my slices have kept me going, and yesterday's made my month. I have no words (surprising, right??) to let you know that it meant a lot to me. Hope your mom continues to read your slices and I can't wait to keep reading yours. Yes, I'll continue to slice--how could I stop now?

  4. It's very special, your capturing the peace of your life now, & the longing for warmer days. I like that you put it into the chair. Seems fitting that we have such good spaces to literally feel comfort from, & this time as you explained, it is your past. I love the details of the water, the pens, the notebook, the dogs, the book--special words that describe. Thanks!

  5. I appreciate your genre choice for this slice. The poem makes it feel cozier & more intimate. Wish I could sit beside you, writing through the summer.