Since Last March: Slice of Life #sol21 1/31

Since last March, I’ve moved to Detroit
A city of surprising beauty
A city of murals and unexpected green
A city resilient and determined.

Since last March, I’ve lived through a screen
Learned, taught, shopped, worked through a screen
Dreamed, planned, connected through a screen
Survived through a screen

Since last March, I’ve said goodbye
Goodbye to students, colleagues, friends,
Goodbye to prairie and pronghorn, eagle and blue sky,
Goodbye to certainty and ease.

Since last March, I’ve said hello
Hello to new students and new teaching challenges,
Hello to urban wildlife–raccoons, opossums, a colony of feral cats
Hello to change and adventure.

“Since Last March” is a form I first discovered on Fran McVeigh’s blog and have used several times to kick off a new month of March slicing.



37 thoughts on “Since Last March: Slice of Life #sol21 1/31

  1. You can share much in a poem of good-byes and hellos. Moving is a big change in life. Wishing you resilience and joy on your adventure.

  2. Hooray! I’m glad you’re back. And I cannot wait to hear about the colony of feral cats – because I’m certain there’s a post or two in there… and Chipotle? and all the rest. I’ve missed you, my blogging friend. Here we go again.

  3. Oh wow, quite the nostalgic memories there. I can only imagine what those prairies and pronghorns are like from the distant shores of Australia but I can sure relate to eagles and blue sky….Detroit, I can say as a non-American, it conjures up some very industrial images, so I’ll look forward to seeing you reveal your new life further. This is such a great way to write a slice!

    • I always pictured Detroit as very industrial too–giant factories churning out cars! It’s surprisingly beautiful, however. Very green, fantastic architecture, and so many murals–art everywhere you look! Thanks for your comment!

  4. I love the hope and forward-facing stance of this piece. So glad you decided to do the March challenge!!

  5. I grew a great big happy grin when I saw your name in the comments, Elisabeth! So grateful I am to join you here again in our slices of life. While receiving a letter in the mail is a top notch high quality best of the best method of connecting, I’ll take the slices of life as a close second. Nope, third. Zooming is second!! I’m looking forward to reading your words each day and seeing what you are up to in the days of your life, dear friend! 🙂

    • I am glad to be here! And I am going to have to slice about the unexpected delights of good old-fashioned letter writing now that I have rediscovered it! Thanks for this lovely, warm comment. It felt like a hug!

  6. Dear friend, I am glad to see you back! I wasn’t going to participate this year either…

    I love your poem from today and reading your writing (both blogging and in a letter… I know-I need to write back). I cannot wait to read your posts this month

    • I really don’t know how I’m going to find time for all my letter writing AND slicing–but somehow it will happen. I keep telling myself to write less, go short. Brevity is not my strength!! So glad you are here too!

      • Me either! Know that I have already composed many letters to you in my head already… I will get there soon!

  7. Welcome back! I’ve missed your posts and you. Isn’t it great that even though you moved, we can still be in touch through SOLC?

  8. What a wonderful poem! Your resilience in moving across the US and then having the entire plan upended by a pandemic is really impressive, and I love how you summarized both the good and bad. Thanks for the great post!

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