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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Words count, so I counted

Over at the Imaginary Garden with Real Toads, Mama Zen is the most concisely lucid writer I have ever read.
Today MZ asked us to write about a place where we felt perfectly safe, and to do so in 53 words or less. I've used 52.

Photo by Kay Davies, 2012


a woman I had just met
took me across the city
to a room full of strangers—
she said, “This is Kay,”
and they all said, “Hi, Kay, welcome!”
nobody asked questions
or looked inquisitive
they just said, “Hi, Kay, welcome.”
I’ve been there ever since
and I say, “Hi there, welcome.”

in memory of my friend Eroca, who died last year,
but who always made me welcome.

25 comments:

sharplittlepencil.com said...

Eroca must have been very special, Kay. Yes, anyplace you are welcome, and to whom you can make others welcome, is indeed a safe space. Loved your economy of words - you took Mama's advice, and it's all the good stuff. Peace, Amy

mindlovemisery said...

Beautiful tribute!

aprille said...

Yes, there are people like that. And one is lucky to come across them.
You must miss her.

Grandmother said...

No judgements, no expectations, just welcome. Now, that's safe.

Robyn Greenhouse said...

Your title made me smile! I'm sorry for the loss of your friend. She sounds like she was a warm person.

kaykuala said...

None the bother! Good not to be bothering other people. One feels safer this way! Nicely Kay!

Hank

Hannah said...

Such power in warm welcoming hearts...this is beautifully written, Kay. ♥

Akila G said...

A lovely tribute and glad that in his memory you still live the happiness of the welcome!

Akila G said...

A lovely tribute and glad that in his memory you still live the happiness of the welcome!

VaNdAnA ShArMa said...

Total strangers become friends with a simple hi...

Loredana Donovan said...

Sounds like a welcoming place, with unconditional love. Sorry about your friend's loss.

Kerry O'Connor said...

It is no small thing to be made welcome into a room and into someone else's heart. Great comfort when times are tough.

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
...Hi Kay - even in Blogspace you make me feel welcome.

Thank you. YAM xxx

hedgewitch said...

Yes, that sounds like a comfortable place, Kay--and acceptance and welcome are worthy of deep appreciation in this world that is so good at ignoring and marginalizing people.

Daryl said...

lovely ...

jabblog said...

It's always pleasant to be made to feel welcome.

Helen said...

... this is heartwarming. Everyone deserves a friend like your Eroca.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Oh so poignant, Kay, that this is in memory of such a gracious soul. Beautiful. What a gift that kind of acceptance is. Is the city in the photo Medicine Hat? It looks lovely. I picture you on the outskirts, somehow, given the coulee........am I right?

Kay L. Davies said...

@ Sherry —
Oh, I wish!
No, it isn't Medicine Hat. See the mountains behind the city? It's Vancouver, taken from Kitsilano across English Bay to the West End and downtown.
My friend Eroca and her wonderful daughter Christabel were living in Kits during Eroca's final illness, and I was visiting them the day I took the photo.
K

Mama Zen said...

A lovely tribute, Kay. That kind of safety is so rare and precious.

Other Mary said...

Ah, that's wonderful! This is a lovely, safe garden full of the nicest toads! :o)

Maggie Grace said...

To be welcomed and accepted "as is"...how beautifully you captured that feeling. Lovely tribute to your friend.

manicddaily said...

Sounds very special in a way that places that do not emphasize "specialness" sometimes are. k.

Susie Clevenger said...

Sounds like a great place to be

Kay L. Davies said...

@ Susie
For me, it's the best place to be.
K