Sunday, August 15, 2010

Summer Stock Sunday - 27 / Poetry Train Monday - 165 - Expecting Someone Altogether Different











My vintage look at summer for Summer Stock Sunday, hosted by Robin at Around the Island.


















When my husband and I first began going out, he took me to the Exhibition in Toronto, known locally as the CNE (Canadian National Exhibition.) At one point we hopped in a photo booth and took the first of a series of summer photo booth pictures.

Once we got married, we moved our previous CNE tradition to our anniversary, and made sure to take a photo booth shot at some point during our day.

This one was taken here in Halifax a few years ago, just after we'd seen a movie. I'm looking forward to a lifetime collection of these.








Last week I mentioned my husband's suggestion that I write a sexy poem. And several of you wondered if I'd written one.

Here it is - it may actually be more romantic than sexy, but who's quibbling?


Expecting Someone Altogether Different


On my day off from work
I threw on my shapeless
Comfy black pants
My slightly-too-big
Cotton top
My grass-stained garden clogs

I shuffled into the car
To pick you up from work
And because the timing
Had been so close
With Mom not knowing
If she'd be back from the store
If you'd have to call a cab
I parked the car
I went in the store

With my day-off-from-work
Unwashed hair
Stained clogs
Shapeless clothing

How many women
I thought to myself
Would enter their
Husband's workplace
Looking like this?

When you saw me
Your eyes lit up
Your smile was not
For the customer before you
And she could tell
She turned to look
I'm sure she was expecting
To see someone
Altogether different
Attached to the smile
To the look
You gave me

© Julia Smith / Aug. 14, 2010

How to participate in the 3:15 Experiment

Starting on the night of July 31/Aug. 1, set your alarm for 3:15 am, wake up, write a poem in the midst of your sleepiness and go back to sleep. Repeat each night for the month of August.

Visit the originators of the project for more information:

Danika Dinsmore

Gwendolyn Alley


For more poetry, Ride the Poetry Train!

Robin says What a wonderful poem - I love the honesty and the sentiment, and above all the love, that shines through it. I love your photobooth tradition too, what a great idea.

Jessica Sieghart says The photo booth shots are an awesome idea! I like the fact that you spend your anniversary in a similar way each year, too. You wrote that poem at 3:15 in the morning? You go girl!!!

Akelamalu Love the romantic poem - that smile says it all!

10 comments:

Robin said...

What a wonderful poem - I love the honesty and the sentiment, and above all the love, that shines through it.

I love your photobooth tradition too, what a great idea.

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Jessica Sieghart said...

The photo booth shots are an awesome idea! I like the face that you spend your anniversary in a similar way each year, too. For years, we went to the restaurant where my husband proposed and we would never go there any other time just to keep it special. The place closed a few years ago and I feel like I've lost a tradition or something.

You wrote that poem at 3:15 in the morning? You go girl!!!

Akelamalu said...

Love the romantic poem - that smile says it all!

Sorry I've not been around this weekend, family crisis.

Julia Smith said...

Robin - it's funny about many of my what-says-summer-to-you things. Often they are really all-year-round kinds of things, yet I associate them in particular with summer.

Jessica - That sucks about your anniversary restaurant closing. The nerve!

Akelamalu - Hope things get non-crisis-y soon. ((hugs))

Mary said...

This truly IS a wonderfully romantic poem! Beautifully crafted.

Charles Gramlich said...

I didn't go to bed until after 3:15 last night, but soon school is starting and there won't be any chance for me to take part. Lovely poem though. and a great tradition for you and your husband there.

Just Me said...

I thoroughly enjoyed this poem. What a wonderful feeling it must be to have someone love you so much.

Julie Jordan Scott said...

Ohmigawsh. I LOVE THIS!! And I long for someone to look at ME like that... (seriously, major romantic longing there!!)

Happy hugs for you...

A-ha Birth. (My Poem of this week.)

Naquillity said...

love your photo booth tradition. i'll bet you've collected some really great shots over the years. and your poem is wonderful. it's very telling of your love for one another, :) hope all is well.

gautami tripathy said...

This is love!

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