Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Rest ~ 31 Days of Adirondack Memories < #write31days >

Welcome to day 31, 
 the END of  
 the #write31days challenge 
and my 
"31 Days of Adirondack Memories" series!!

THANK YOU for sticking with me for a month of
poetry and reflection on 
our summers in the most magical place 
on Earth!

Today's theme~~ 
Rest



 There is a rickety redwood picnic table. There are bare, sandy feet.  There are stacks of books and board games.  And up on Route 9, there is the comforting fixture of our American flag waving, though largely unnoticed. There is homemade potato salad and a plate stacked with slices of tomato and cucumber. There are fishing rods leaning by the cabin door; haphazard piles of sandals and flip flops alongside.
            Today there was dock jumping and row boating and mussel hunting. Then as the sun dipped low behind the mountains ringing Schroon, after a day all too fleeting, there is the whisper-y fragrance of citronella and hickory barbeque and the familiar July crescendo of cicadas.
            There is the Big Dipper and Cassiopeia, easily spied overhead night after night in the vast, velvety blankness. There is someone randomly asking, “Can anyone spot the Pleiades?” and “Who’s up for a game of Trivial Pursuit?” 

  And most vividly, there are hushed, happy voices, familiar lilts and inflections, saying nothing of huge importance, but enveloping me in safe-ness. Just as I hope that we are creating a haven that shrouds our kids in much the same...the safety, the memories, the goodness.


2008





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Monday, October 30, 2017

Refine ~ 31 Days of Adirondack Memories < #write31days >

Welcome to day 30 of my
"31 Days of Adirondack Memories" series
for the #write31days challenge!

Today's theme~~ 
REFINE

             
   Friendships form and cement.  
A few staccato laughs,  
but mainly hushed conversations over marshmallow roasting. 
 All the while, the aroma  of pine, cinder and promise
 weaves itself into our hair and sweatshirts,  
ending a perfect August day.
                Months later, crowds have thinned and  temperatures, plummeted.  



A few crimson and rust leaves dot the maple trees.  
Most splatter, though, in nature’s heaps on the ground.  
Canoes and rowboats are stacked behind cabins.  
Docks and floats, safely stowed, too.  
Waiting for the calendar to once again, point to summer.



To us, this is refined luxury...the ultimate 





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Sunday, October 29, 2017

Follow ~ 31 Days of Adirondack Memories < #write31days >

Welcome to day 29 of my
"31 Days of Adirondack Memories" series
for the #write31days challenge!

Today's theme~~ 
Follow 


                Foggy mist breathing and rolling toward shoreline as dawn awakens our corner of the world.  Mauve and coral fingers reach from the east,  brightening the morning.  Illuminating the water lilies curving skyward,  the majestic mountains. 
                The ever present,  rhythmic swell of cicadas. The sun dappled sandy beach. The towering old growth pines -  they landmark our haven in the Adirondacks.  And have, for decades.
             

   By dusk , calm settles over the camp,  kids’ giggles and splashes reigned in after a day of memory making.  As day draws to a close, a regal Old Glory is carefully taken from flagpole up by route 9, where the constant swoosh of cars, the downshifting of trucks, wanes.

                 Shadows lengthen from our island in lake’s center, stretching to shore.  Scattered lights pop on,  spilling glowing yellow stripes across lake’s surface.  Patterns dance and flow onto the sand.  Campfires are spotted around lake’s perimeter. Flames shooting;  sparks  snapping.  


Saturday, October 28, 2017

Connect ~ 31 Days of Adirondack Memories < #write31days >


Welcome to day 28 of my
"31 Days of Adirondack Memories" series
for the #write31days challenge!

Today's theme~~ 
Connect

Sun dips below mountain ridge, dusky stars twinkle.....
we eagerly  welcome this golden guest


Sitting expectantly,  encircling  rocks 
 as the aroma  of pine, cinder and promise 
weave itself into our hair and sweatshirts.


On this journey when, at times
one's soul is split,
these are the moments that don't simply
strengthen, they invigorate.


When, while canoe-ing 
or marshmallowing 
or baiting our hooks,
our words dance around one another
....... united, we find we can confront the disquiet
we can re - live the blessedness of these past times





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