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, February 5, 2013


Slice of Life Tuesdays are hosted by TWO WRITING TEACHERS
The whirring of the washer spinning,
the clunk of clothes tossing around,
and around in the dryer.

The breaths of the sleeping heartbeat,
 lying at my side.

The sighs of the heartbeat lying across the room
trying to find comfort amidst illness.

The ticking of the wedding-gifted clock on the wall.

The cozy whoosh of warm air through the vents. 

The sound of a wooden stretch,
our antique dining room table settling.

The click of a mouse upstairs in my husband’s office,
an occasional creak of his desk chair leaning back.

The hum of the refrigerator,
a reminder of lunches yet to be made.

The silence of clothes patiently waiting to be ironed,
book pages longing to be turned,
blankets wishing to be snuggled.

Sounds of routine,


  1. It's a nice poem for the end to a day, Christy. You sound contented. Thanks for sharing.

  2. I love this slice - such a fun composite of all the sounds you listened to by slowing down and paying attention. My favorites -"the silence of ... book pages longing to be turned, blankets wishing to be snuggled." And your wonderful closing lines:
    "Sounds of routine,
    Your words bring comfort to my busy day!

  3. Ahhh, I could just sink into the comfort of this poem. What wonderful words you shared with us. Linda's right. You sound so contented....

  4. To silence your mind to notice all the sounds is a skill that not everyone has. To capture the sosunds on a paper is another skill that not everyone has. You have both.
    Wishing well to the heart amidst the illness.

  5. Your ending sums up your quiet listening - home, comfort!

  6. Usually the things that comfort us most are the ordinary. Love this slice, Christy!

  7. Love the wooden stretch of the antique dining room table--how many stretches as this table taken!! This is a season of comfort--the reason for winter! Thanks for the little things of life that are so comforting.