It is with heavy heart that I share this slice about London today. My husband and I have been most fortunate in that we have both lived in the UK and have visited London many times over the years. We have grown to love the city and it’s people. They are friendly, welcoming, and fabulously diverse. So it was heartbreaking to hear the news of a possible terrorist incident in Westminster yesterday afternoon. Our dear friends who live there are thankfully safe, but shaken to the core. The odd thing is that a London slice of some sort has been sitting in my drafts folder for weeks, and I opened it up again just yesterday morning as I wrote with my students during Writer’s Workshop. That sends shivers up my spine even now.
Our most recent trip to London was the week between Christmas and New Year’s in December 2015. While the entire week was wonderful, there were a few standout moments. After pondering different forms, I settled on using my senses, which I often ask my Kindergarten students to do when writing poetry. It’s time to share my love letter to London with everyone.
My eyes SEE the dark night sky lit up with colorful fireworks launched from barges on the serpentine River Thames on New Year’s Eve.
My ears HEAR Big Ben striking midnight, ushering in a new year for seemingly all the world to hear.
I SMELL spring flowers blooming in Peter Pan’s Kensington Gardens during an unseasonably warm late December day.
I savor the TASTE of delicious scones, finger sandwiches, and exquisite pastry served from a 3-tiered silver tray during afternoon tea at historic Brown’s Hotel in Piccadilly.
I FEEL history in the ancient stones laid by industrious Romans in 430 AD, creating a defensive wall around their city of Londinium.
Sensory memories of my beloved city to last a lifetime.
City of my thoughts and dreams
A place in my heart
— C. Wyman, 2017
This post is part of the annual month-long Slice of Life writing challenge organized by Two Writing Teachers. Join us! It’s my first time slicing, I’m a slice planner, and an early morning slicer, too!