Poetry Friday: Slowly, Slowly



My book launch is tomorrow and I leave for vacation in a week and it snowed last night and I have everything to do and so little time to get in all done. And so, in honour of my current state of mind and the fact that I am planning a return trip to Japan, I thought it fitting to share a haiku from the master that captures my current state of mind. If a snail can climb Mount Fuji, I can conquer my to-do list….right?

“O snail
Climb Mount Fuji
But slowly, slowly!”
― Kobayashi Issa


Have a great weekend, everyone!

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  • Reply bookseedstudio

    Sending –

    Launch mojo
    For librarian-a-go-go

    Applause for your wild book sprite!

    November 3, 2017 at 6:38 pm
    • Reply Jane the Raincity Librarian

      Thank you very much
      For the mojo you sent me
      The launch was awesome!


      November 6, 2017 at 5:56 am
  • Reply macrush53

    Ooh, snow. Are you going somewhere warm for vacation? Have a great time. Love the haiku.

    November 3, 2017 at 9:21 pm
    • Reply Jane the Raincity Librarian

      Thankfully the snow is all gone! I do hope it decides to stay away for a while now! I might be Canadian, but I’m a West Coast Canadian, and we don’t do snow. 😉

      November 6, 2017 at 5:54 am
  • Reply lindabaie

    Hurrah, the day has come! And slowly, slowly, you’ve even managed a PF post, Jane. Happy Day tomorrow, and happy vacation next week! I don’t know this haiku, and love it. Perhaps it is one we all need to post for ourselves!

    November 4, 2017 at 3:53 am
    • Reply Jane the Raincity Librarian

      Sometimes when times get the craziest is when you need poetry the most! 🙂

      And thank you! I had a wonderful time with old friends and new friends, and I truly do feel blessed by all the support I received. A wonderful day!

      November 6, 2017 at 5:53 am
  • Reply jama

    Stunning photo and haiku. Hope all goes well with your book launch and vacation!

    November 4, 2017 at 7:52 pm
    • Reply Jane the Raincity Librarian

      Thank you! It was a really lovely afternoon – shy Jane needs a bit of downtime after all that socialising, but it was lovely!

      November 6, 2017 at 5:52 am
  • Reply Violet Nesdoly

    Congratulations on your book launch, Jane (which is today). Hope it went swimmingly!! And have fun on vacation. Hope it’s somewhere warm and lovely!

    November 4, 2017 at 11:02 pm
    • Reply Jane the Raincity Librarian

      Thank you! It was an absolute delight, so many lovely, kind and generous people came to help me celebrate, I really do feel blessed.

      November 6, 2017 at 5:51 am
  • Reply maryleehahn

    Congrats! Good Luck! Take one step at a time and don’t forget to enjoy the strawberry!

    November 5, 2017 at 12:46 pm
    • Reply Jane the Raincity Librarian

      YES! Exactly! Slowly savour each little bite. 🙂

      November 6, 2017 at 5:51 am
  • Reply Kay McGriff (@kaymcgriff)

    Woo hoo! I hope the launch is a rousing success and everything you hope for. Enjoy all the busy-ness. It seems your life is full to the brim with good things even if it does bring a towering to-do list.

    November 5, 2017 at 1:36 pm
    • Reply Jane the Raincity Librarian

      That’s exactly the way I need to look at it – I’m busy, but it’s all really exciting things, and a change in mindset can really make a world of difference!

      November 6, 2017 at 5:51 am
  • Reply Keri Collins Lewis

    A season of adventure has begun for you! Hope the book launch was a smashing success. Bon voyage, deep breaths, and slowly slowly savor this time!

    November 6, 2017 at 1:29 am
    • Reply Jane the Raincity Librarian

      Yes, I need to really work on savouring and really being in the present – I’m always looking ten steps ahead, instead of stopping to really experience each moment.

      And the book launch was an absolute blast. ^_^

      November 6, 2017 at 5:50 am
  • Reply Brenda Davis Harsham

    Congrats! Woo-hoo! Strawberry Hill, here I come!

    November 6, 2017 at 1:51 am
    • Reply Jane the Raincity Librarian

      I actually used to work at the Strawberry Hill library back in the day! Alas there were no strawberries to be had. 😉

      November 6, 2017 at 5:48 am
      • Reply Brenda Davis Harsham

        That is funny. You’d think people would have had to bring them to share, just because the name was always reminding them.

        November 6, 2017 at 8:29 pm
  • Reply Michelle Kogan

    Good luck with all Jane, and I hope the book launch is a smashing success! I’m short on time with a very long list of to do’s so I can empathize with you. Love that image too, thanks!

    November 9, 2017 at 5:51 am
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