dVerse — Form for All — A trip to the library

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I raise my mask and leave the car,
the slot not far.
I drop them in;
one circuit ends.

I spy upon the reserve rack
my labeled stack.
I scan them in;
circuit begins.

Outside mask drops; I breathe in frost,
first bag car-tossed;
next in I heave
into; then leave.

 

This “minute” has been repeated for many circuits since retirement in 2018.

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Grace is today’s host for dVerse’ Form For All. Grace says:
Today’s writing challenge:  To write the minute poem using the guidelines:
1. narrative poetry.
2. a 12 line poem made up of 3 quatrains. (3 of 4-line stanzas)
3. syllabic, 8-4-4-4   8-4-4-4   8-4-4-4 (First line has 8 syllables of each stanza.  Remaining lines has 4 syllables in each stanza)
4. rhymed, rhyme scheme of aabb ccdd eeff.
5. description of a finished event (preferably something done is 60 seconds).
6. is best suited to light verse, likely humorous, whimsical or semi-serious.

 

30 Comments Add yours

  1. Gillena Cox says:

    Lovely minute Lisa. Thanks for dropping by to read mine.

    Much love…

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    1. msjadeli says:

      You’re welcome, Gillena and thanks 🙂

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  2. Rob Kistner says:

    Through all that snow Lisa. Brave trip to the library!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Rob, when it comes to the library, I’m like a postal carrier, through all weather nothing stops me from getting there 🙂

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  3. Bodhirose says:

    I’ve loved the library ever since I learned to read! Nowadays, it’s so convenient with the drop off and pick up routines. Nice one!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Same here on the library. There is something comforting about knowing it’s there. And you’re right, they are always trying to make it more convenient. Thanks, Bodhi.

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  4. Grace says:

    I have not been to the library for a long time as we now read e-books. Good for you to drop by. Stay safe and warm as its cold out there!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I do a little of both hardcopy and e-books these days. Thanks for the welcome. Aha I just wished for you to stay warm also in the other comment. Not easy in the recent arctics blasts the north is going through.

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  5. Sadje says:

    The brevity of words make for a wonderful read Li.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Sadje thank you 🙂

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      1. Sadje says:

        You’re welcome my friend

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  6. Looks like some real snow is finally coming to my neck of the woods as I’m writing this. Between tonight and tomorrow, we may get 6-10 inches.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Remember now about having your son shovel! Or do it in small doses only. And don’t forget to go sledding 🙂

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  7. Ain says:

    Ah……..you got your priorities right….even through the snow…..

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  8. writingwhatnots says:

    There is something reassuring about visits to the library – a reliable haven amongst all the madness.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Indeed, Marion ❤

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  9. Liesl Garner says:

    Oh, the trip to the Library! How wonderful. Is that your actual Library? It’s gorgeous! I love ours too. When the boys were younger, it was like a second home to us. Everyone knew us there and we were there all the time.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Liesl, that is not my actual library, but it is one in the area. So nice you have memories with you and your kids at the library. So nice for you all to be recognized 🙂 I took my kids to the library also when they were little. I loved the fact there was no limit on the # of books to be checked out. We went through a lot of books over time.

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  10. hedgewitch says:

    I miss the library out here in my rural wonderland–I long ago read every book I could possibly want to in the small collection of the nearest small town. (They don;t have the budget to buy many new ones, and its always romances and westerns.) This is really a great execution of the form, too–you make us forget it’s even there, which is how it should be.. When i first read it, i thought you were describing picking up groceries, which I also do in this manner. It just reflects our current quandary of isolation very well.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Joy, I’m glad you could connect with this. Not sure where you’re at but the library continues to expand its online availability of books, music, and movies and those can be borrowed by anyone with a library card. I’m also in the rural wonderland so I have to do the inter-library loan thing for DVDs and CDs because of limited data. Not sure what your setup is for it. Thank you very much for your feedback and kind words ❤

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  11. memadtwo says:

    One of my favorite circuits. (K)

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  12. Helen Dehner says:

    What pure delight, removing that mask after wearing it for what seems days. Although, the library is on my approved list of places I don’t mind wearing it. Great One Minute, Lisa.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Helen, I’ve noticed that the mask is good for keeping out the cold right along with the disease. I’m used to now. It’s a small inconvenience with a big reward. Thank you and glad you like the topic and the poem 🙂

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  13. Dale says:

    Excellent take, Lisa. Can’t wait for the masks to be a thing of the past

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Dale. I feel bad for my baby granddaughter, who thinks they are normal 😦

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      1. Dale says:

        Yeah. I hear ya… My sister has some students at the school where she works who will never know what her face looks like!

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  14. badfinger20 (Max) says:

    I have a bad feeling masks will be around for a while…but like you…I’m used to it now. It’s not bad in the winter time!

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  15. The librarian is always grateful for such effort to return the books.

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