Saturday, September 26, 2009


It's time again for Wordzzle! You can tell by reading Charly's and the Blogger's that we have book sale on the brain! If you'd like to play along, first, visit Raven's Nest to find out the guidelines. Then post on your own blog and link to Raven's Mr. Linky. If you don't have a blog, you can e-mail it to us and we'll post it with ours.

The words for this week's ten word challenge were: Tibetan sky, symbols, won’t you come home Bill Baily, shadow figures, brain cortex, practice makes perfect, life, start of school, lavender, chow down And for the mini: mental hospital, falling leaves, apple cider, packing crates, clues

Driving through the mountains on this rural road, I feel as though we're back in time. Such a peaceful day, little traffic and a brisk wind now and then. An old grocery store looms ahead and we decide to make a stop. With old gas pumps and apple PACKING CRATES piled along the side of the building there are no CLUES as to what we'll find as we enter the store. A few locals inside are chatting about the new construction going on down the road; a MENTAL HOSPITAL they say. They appear to be happy that jobs are forthcoming. We buy refreshments and go sit in the garden behind the building. Sitting in the fresh air on this glorious day one feels at peace with the FALLING LEAVES drifting downward in shades of red and gold, it's a sure sign that Fall is on the way. In the quietness of the garden you can hear the hum of a buzz saw and faint hammering; must be the building the locals spoke about. As I bring the mug of hot APPLE CIDER to my lips, with eyes closed I savor the aroma it brings forth..Hey, wait a minute-- it smells like coffee. Coffee??? I open my eyes and see my husband placing a cup of coffee on the night stand. With a little nudge and a smile on his face he says, 'time to get a move on've got a book Sale to run.'


Imported apple cider - in their packing crates,
were seen sitting - ready for delivery..
To the patients within - this mental hospital,
where all are treated - with embraced civility..
Some patients have - no earthly clues,
what these crates hold - but know they're for them..
They all understand - it is something to drink,
that the lavender logo means - it's from a friend.
In the background - Won't you come home Bill Bailey,
is heard playing - as one enters the hall..
And, if one looks out - you'd see falling leaves,
under a Tibetan sky - gently landing as they fall..
While patients sit at tables - ready to chow down,
their brain cortex - never bring thoughts to mind..
They just live - in their own little worlds,
not even knowing - when it's their bedtime.
Some appear as shadow figures - no more than symbols,
of the former life - that they once knew..
Others act as little children - at the start of school,
with anticipation and joy - in all they'll do..
They all seem happy - in these surroundings,
which is given credence - by all their smiles..
And, if practice makes perfect - they've succeeded,
for their souls have traveled - many angelic miles.


The Semi-Annual Friends of Reston Regional Library Used Book Sale is a great place to find a treasure that may change your life. Whether you dream of hiking under a Tibetan sky, growing and harvesting lavender, singing the old tune, “Won’t you come home Bill Baily?”, or understanding the intricacies of the brain cortex, we probably have a book or CD about it. Many people visit the fall sale because it’s at the start of school. One woman said yesterday that she found every one one of the books for her daughter’s AP English class in our literature section. One reason our book sale is the best in the region because we clearly mark everything that needs to be identified, using symbols or words. This sale we have received many compliments about the way the sale is organized. That’s because practice makes perfect. We have been doing this for years and years, and have learned each time how to implement things better the next time. Another reason for our success is that we have the best volunteers in the county, that’s for sure, and we take good care of them. One of the enticements to work the sale is that we chow down on food donated by local merchants that is truly tasteful. The third reason for our amazing sale success is the shadow figures such as Pam, Anne, Ron and Cheryl who make sure everything behind the scenes is on track as well. This is an amazing team, and it benefits the library by over $30k each sale. Good job everyone!

Next Week's Ten Word Challenge will be: family, cheese cake, 20 years ago, refrigerator, laugh and the world laughs with you, bath brush, zombies, African violets, butterflies, holding hands

And for the mini: monsters in the closet, roughly, bowling, menu, Pennsylvania


Fandango said...

Charly-Great story . Great use of the words but we dragons really liked the ending.
Kit- WE thought we would find a more traditional poem Dragons are creatures of habit. We did like your story though.
Blogger- Sneaky way to use the words to talk of your book sale and thank people. We flap our wings to you.

Argent said...

@Charly - oh, what a lovely dream to behaving! Why does rude reality always have to wake us up? Lovely images.

@Kit - I loved the picture you painted in this poem. If only hospitals were all like that. Ingenious use of the words too.

@Blogger - I wish I could come to your sale, but I suspect it's a bit far from the UK. I used to LOVe it when our local library held a sale and would queue up for ages to get in. I love how you managed to absorb the words so neatly.

Raven said...

Great work, Charly... I didn't see the end coming and I always enjoy that.

Kit... lovely and sweet.

Blogger - How wonderful to work all the words in and write a great commercial for the book sale! Well done.

DawnTreader said...

I agree with the others, I'm very impressed with all three entries.

Stephen said...

Charly's story was very good. It felt like I was really there, and it had a surprise ending, too.

Kit's poem was also very good. It seemed to capture the feel of the institution and of the people there.

The Blogger's story about the book sale was interesting and allowed us to know more about it and experience it in a small way in our minds, and made it sound attractive even to those of us who are too far away to go there.

Stephen from Scottsdale, Arizona, USA