SOLC: I am the Cottage

The lake view refreshes us. Sitting on the porch, we share, laugh, and relax.

The highlight of the summer for our writing group is meeting at Tammy’s lake cottage. The view is splendid and the company is delightful! Tammy and her husband, Rex, have worked hard on the property, taking a shack hidden by foliage to a quaint cabin.

The welcoming cottage, the away place.

The welcoming cottage, the away place.

We arrived Friday afternoon, chattering about our recent family events. We relaxed on the porch, looking at pictures of the Italy trip, and gathering writing ideas. Ruth, who had an unexpected event, was not able to attend. This distance did not stop her from sharing in our writing lives (and laughter).

With writing pressing upon our minds, we sat as a group and brainstormed a poem – a poem about the cottage we love. After listing ideas on the side of the page, phrases and sentences emerged in the notebook.  A poem was crafted.

The BONS are around the table, adding ideas, sparking rhythms and choice words.

The BONS are around the table, adding ideas, sparking rhythms and choice words.

I Am the Cottage

I wait for them to come…

…footsteps approaching, cares freeing as they step through the door.

I am the place away.

I hold laughter, stories, and friendship. The BONS reunite, sharing bits of life.

I feed their stomachs and souls. Pork burgers and onion-potatoes sizzling on the grill.

I am the place away.

I watch the pontoon cruise. The sunset silhouettes against the rippling water.

I am the place to dream. Wrapping them in wood-warm walls, they slip into sleep.

I am the place away.

I rouse each gently with scents of bacon, blueberry pancakes and coffee. Early light through the windows shine, pulling them back outside.

I am the cottage…

another day is beginning!

We signed our names from our spot around the kitchen table.

We signed our names from our spot around the kitchen table.

Composed by Ruth Metcalfe, Tammy Shultz, Tam Hess, Mary Helen Gensch, and nudgings from Ruth Ayres 🙂

The draft of the poem with revisions and the list of ideas on the side.

The draft of the poem with revisions and the list of ideas on the side.

 

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6 Responses to SOLC: I am the Cottage

  1. readsomuch says:

    Your writing getaway sounds wonderful! What an excellent opportunity to get your creative juices flowing and relax with good friends. I’m jealous! 🙂

  2. Linda Baie says:

    Aw-w, makes me envious. I hope my writing group will get to where you all are some day. I love “I am the place away.” Everyone needs one, don’t they?

  3. lovely descriptions in words and pictures!

  4. Ramona says:

    This makes me think of our yearly book club retreat. It’s a special time. I love that after attending All Write I recognize the faces around the table. My favorite lines – cares freeing as they step through the door and I hold laughter, stories, and friendship.

  5. newtreemom says:

    I’d like a group like this! I love that you included the pictures of your signatures and the notebook page where the poem was composed.

  6. elsie says:

    What a special place to gather and feed your writing souls. Your photo of the drafting work is rich with information, I’m so glad you included it. Sounds like a great time.

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