at the corner of my yard for the lady next door
walks her dog
in the dark
down the village street
the corner light
the mailbox is yellowing with age
some of the neighbours had put up some Christmas lights
but some haven’t
it is maybe too early
or maybe too late
it is cold now and nobody wants to do lights
it is cold
snow was here and wind has ripped on through the village a couple of times on wild days this week with rain washing away the snow leaving fallen fences, branches in the lane and newspapers in the wrong places
warm with extra layers and covering
unexpected but not atypical
Little child and I together
for the afternoon
with an age difference of about sixty years and we got along just fine
with the bag of folktales
artfully rendered books about nature, poetry, faith, mystery and fun
With the wind howling and tearing
the fence and vines outside and the sky
dark with power
we sat together
a two year old and another much older and met
in the place of books
A friendly and quiet place
with gentle words and warm comfort
Putting out the call,
writing up the bulletin, drawing the poster and gathering
Sensory games analytical for some
insightful for others
Listening to the inner voice before it dissipates ignored
Snow falling, repeating the warning in the words spoken, bulletin printed and sketched
postponed as expected
and yet the interest stirred enough to warm the inner voice
muffled in layers
Inspiration can come along in many ways and today it was in the country library. It was a combination of several things such as the neat and orderly setting, the book lined walls and the familiar folk gathered there . The author we all celebrated there today is a gentle speaking, delightful senior that held our interest and also charmed our hearts with her book launch.
This writer has been writing a variety of articles and material for many years. She is published and has been nominated for awards. Today, she read from her most recent book which just happens to be historical fiction. It is rich with material from her own heritage as well as her knowledge of farming in the pioneer days.
The energy in the library, as she lead us through the chosen excerpt from her book was the kind of sensation you feel when something meaningful happens on a very good day and all seems for the moment peaceful, calm and positive. Being part of the group there today and enjoying the overall experience I came to the realization that she had given me a boost as a writer but I think there were connections with everyone gathered there.
Respectful admiration, community and family support, good humour, down to earth conversation and practical discussion were the artistic vibrations resonating in the small but packed to the gills rural library today. Chairs had to be brought in from the nearby hall to accommodate the crowd, all of her books were purchased, signed and her own son gave up his own copy to a delighted fan and it was all topped off with a delicious cake ( made by her daughter, no doubt) and glasses of cider. We were all there to celebrate the love of writing that this author shared with us.
That is what I felt in the room and I can best describe it as inspiration. A young person in attendance today shared her appreciation of this author with me and it was glowing, enthusiastic and appreciative. Now, that’s energy!
Trying this post again but not in prose because it froze
Stream of consciousness it is and here’s the biz…
literary program eliminates books day by day
gets me so irritated what can I say?
so the experts debate, relate, egos inflate
premise of show is to find the right book so all Canadians can take a good look
at a book that could change Canada…
there’s an end of world kind of tale, an intersexed story,an immigrant fable and two books about indigenous people, as far as I know
I haven’t read these books but heard about them from the show
Day by day, a book is eliminated, gets me frustrated
Timed discussions and debate to get one book off the slate
How can this event be a good thing to inspire the mosaic collection of people that is Canada to run out together and buy the same book and read it so the country changes for the good?
Point taken, televised unfortunately and misunderstood.