A 2014 True Story

Sayle Hall

The band started up
western swing in motion
giggling children ran
between dancing couples
across ancient sanded oak floors
married to the walls of rough local logs
holding up this old community hall

the Social was in progress

the big wood doors were wide open
inviting starry night cool air in
those who stood outside were silhouetted
white cowboy hats nodding
in a circle of clean pressed shirts,
wrangler jeans and scuffed boots,
tipping cold beers back in unison

the night was still fresh

the small kitchen in back
lined with a counter of  homemade goods
brought forth wonderful smells
lulling neighbors and friends of all ages
to stop, graze, and drink, 
and to pause to shake a neighbor's hand  
 while holding a plate of earthly heaven in the other.  

all were having a good time

glittering in sync with the music 
colored lights wrapped on strung wire
shone on those taking a deserved break 
 benches, chairs, old movie theater seats
held catch-up conversations low
and in the middle of our Sayle Hall,
 the smiling couples swirled on by

poetry dancing in motion...

 - then the band leader interrupted -

"will someone please get the dog off the dance floor?"

                                                          ~ J. Grinyer   8/16/14


And someone did get the Corgi Cattle dog
off of the floor, 
and the dance continued on....

Looking back, It was one of my favorite memories of 2014!

Sometime when the weather gets cold, 

everything is blanketed with fresh snow,

I need a reminder that Summer will come again, soon. 

Today I share my reminder with you!  

Keep Warm Everyone, Summer's coming!!



  1. oh that is an awesome poem. I think that the corgi should have been allowed to stay!

    1. He was trying to herd! It was one of those situations where you could see it escalating quickly; dangit if those couples werent moving where HE wanted them to go...LOL !

  2. Oh I absolutely love this memory of yours, so perfectly written bringing me to that dance floor with all the sights and sounds and the laughter. Thank you for the visual delight. Also thank you for the reminders of summer and warmth, it has been a long cold winter for many of us. Your photos rock my friend. Making me smile and delighting my senses. Hug B

  3. perfect post for someone from Southern Ontario (just like Buttons) where the winter never seems to end!!

    Your newest follower Gill in Southern Ontario

    1. Welcome Gill! We'll send some warm thoughts your way (((HUGS)))!

  4. GW Feral Woman,

    What a wonderful poem :-)
    Summer needs to hurry up and get here.................

  5. I could visualize that evening perfectly!!

  6. Ja we gaan de goede kant weer op alles word alweer groener en gaat alweer uitlopen.

  7. I was right. there. A perfect memory :-)

  8. Well, of course he was herding! All those arms and legs going every which way! A wonderful visual, as always.... :)

  9. Head em up, move em out!!! hahaha

  10. Your poem is so well written, and it captures so beautifully the images of this western event. I've seen this scene several times too... well, minus the dog on the dance floor! Really cute.

    Thanks for the reminder that summer is on its way. It seems like it's approaching, but still feels a long way off...

    Beautiful photos!!

  11. Had to be a great time! As far as I am concerned, this has been the winter from hell. Can't take much more...hurry spring.

  12. Beautiful poem, and what a fun memory... it's those perfectly imperfect moments which stick in my memory best and make me smile years down the road.

    Thanks so much for your kind comment, you're pretty fun yourself!

  13. So well done. Loved the details. I could feel the music, hear the fun and smell the food in the kitchen. I was there with all my heart. Miss those kind of gatherings. Thanks also for the green grass and summer afternoon.

  14. Well now that was just beautiful! Made me want to be at that dance hall having all kinds of neighborhood fun!

    Cindy Bee

  15. Reminds me of many a dance and makes me want to go dancing! Hmmm.... there is a local dance on Saturday night and Ted owes me a date night....

  16. I can almost imagine the dance hall... and the Corgi! Heck, Corgi's are people, too... aren't they?!

  17. Oh such a visual of the cattle dog trying to herd the dancers.........Ha!

  18. Great post with beautiful photos! I'll be stopping by again and again!!

  19. I can see that pup dancing circles around everyone's feet. LOL! Pretty summery pics..I'm waiting for spring too.

  20. Oh how I love that dog on the dance floor!! Guess it's nasty at my house too, but I'M where it is warm and balmy with ocean breezes.

  21. I'm not surprised there was corgi in that dancing dog. They want to be in the middle of everything. That is indeed a fun memory.

  22. This is so odd, I thought I was already following you, only to find out I wasn't??? Bad me, no cookie!


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