Aug 04, 2020
My friend Nina just shared a poem that her mother, Elaine, wrote, and I wanted to share it with you.
Born in 1930, Elaine (Hartgogian) Anderson, worked with Chuck Williams for close to 20 years as his assistant at the Williams Sonoma corporate office in San Francisco. According to Elaine, and those who knew Chuck, he was a merchant with impeccably good taste. Elaine and Chuck became lifelong friends.
Elaine turns 90 later this year on October 18.
MEDITATIONS ON THE PLAGUE
As I sit here in my quiet roomAnd do my best to dispel all gloomI cheer myself with tender dreamsOf places traveled and wonders seen.
I long to travel there once moreTo Parthenon’s hill and Italy’s shore,To grand La Scala and the river Seine,How glad I will be to see them again.
And closer to home and grandest of all,The mighty Yosemite with its brilliant fall.And much as my mind allows me to roamI’m grateful for shelter and safety at home.
This too will pass I tell myselfAs I take one more book from off the shelf.One fine day on Garda’s lake I’ll swim, drink wine, new memories make.And then at twilight enjoy PucciniWhile sipping my favorite Prosecco Bellini.
Ah well, it’s good to fantasize,Though wise men may say it’s a bit unwise.But why be bound to the daily realWhen moments of joy one can blithely steal?
So let’s dream our dreams and follow our starAnd hope that the day is not too far,When once more I’ll see Seville’s tower And wander the hills and caress each flower.
And so dear friends be strong ’til thenFor surely we will meet again.
-- Elaine H. Anderson5-20-20
Stay well and strong, friends.
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