Summer Lakes, The Dock (WQW)

https://alwayswrite.blog/2022/08/10/wqw-30-enjoying-great-lakes-and-not-so-great-lakes/

I’m pleased to be back here with Marsha and WQW!  The concept of adding quotations (or songs) to whatever art we share thrills my English Major heart…and allows me to browse Bartlett’s Quotations at rich leisure.

Now before everyone thinks I’ve lost my mind entirely due to heatstroke, I’m gonna tell y’all why I chose the song I’ve included.

  1. Don’t blink, you’ll miss it—this song uses the word “lake” only one time…at the beginning.  I’d have preferred some repetition of it, but we don’t get everything we want in life.
  2. With most of the world languishing in the intense, uninvited, unappreciated HEAT—I thought a winter song full of snow might cool us down a bit (if you play it over and over, focused on the exquisite video).
  3. Lastly, I like Sarah McLachlan very much.  It’s a winter/Christmas song, and mournful, but I like that too.  (I’m itching to start decorating for the holidays!)  Her song follows my poem.

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We were younger then

Close sisters…closer than now

Summers were the lakes

Wherever family traveled…

Single sparkling memory:

Us sitting on dock

Together, dangling our feet

Away from others—

Otis Redding’s song was big

We began singing lyrics:

“I’m sittin’ on the dock of the bay
Watchin’ the tide roll away, ooh
I’m just sittin’ on the dock of the bay
Wastin’ time”*

It didn’t matter

That our dock was lakeside, and

Otis had the bay…

We had space to be happy

Silly…floating young girls dreams…

We were clueless…for

Time, Life would leave us estranged…

Blissful ignorance

©Leyde Ryan, 2022 ~ All rights reserved.

https://fivedotoh.com/2022/08/12/fowc-with-fandango-languish/

*Songwriters: Otis Redding / Steve Cropper
(Sittin’ On) the Dock of the Bay lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

That’s Beauty

https://mindlovemiserysmenagerie.wordpress.com/2022/08/13/lucky-dip-saturday-mix-13-august-2022/

Prompt: write a Septolet—

The Septolet is a poem consisting of seven lines containing fourteen words with a break in between the two parts. Both parts deal with the same thought and create a picture.

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Used to

Be young

Stunning looks

~*~

Now people

Say I’m

Amusing, fun

That’s Beauty!

©Leyde Ryan, 2022 ~ All rights reserved.

Superficial Judgments (3TC)

https://pensitivity101.wordpress.com/2022/07/29/three-things-challenge-m39/

Prompt words: wary, aloof, shy

She was always shy

More than that, wary

And with good reason

All of it secret…

Because she was odd—eyes

Down as if to make herself

Invisible—everybody thought

Her stuck-up, snobby, snooty

Aloof…but she wasn’t, she

Simply didn’t fit anywhere

Was well aware of it…

Some 50 years later she

Wondered why people made

Superficial judgments—

Why hadn’t anyone asked

If she believed herself

Better than everyone?

But would she have had

Courage to speak the truth:

“No, I don’t…I’m just scared.”

©Leyde Ryan, 2022 ~ All rights reserved.