Schedule and Location

Welcome to the Sarasota Writers Group Blog. Meetings are held the first and third Wednesday of the month at the Nokomis Fire Station, located just a few blocks south of Albee Road (where Matthews-Currie Ford is located) at Pavonia Road. We are on the west, or bay side, of U.S. 41, by the Fire Station's flashing yellow caution traffic light. If you are coming from the south on US 41, we are just north of Dona Bay. Turn on Pavonia and pull to the far end, or west side, of the firehall. Please do not block the fire doors! We meet in the training room on the far side of the complex. Gathering time: 6:00 pm Meeting called to order: 6:30 pm Ten minute break: 7:50 pm Meeting Finishes at 9:00 pm

Monday, March 25, 2013


As promised:  Jim Kelly's "Diner"

Stools swivel through breakfast traffic--
doers and procrastinators
poised for the ride.

Hazel darts between cups, filled with idle time,
and counter tops
rubbed raw by friendly service

Sunny-side-ups lisp atop a stainless stage;
bacon strips sizzle
like lines in a gossip column.

Oohs and ahs emanate from a corner booth; 
an old man lifts his shirt,
assigns numbers to stitches in his scar.

At a table for two, a widower stares into the past, 
blurry eyes fumbling with words--
"A Kiss to Build a Dream On."

Businessmen jostle into slots at the big table,
a sacred place reserved for self-indulgence, 
where subtle glances measure all the women.

Morning disappears
among toast crumbs and gratuities
scattered in the wake of satisfaction.

A chickadee fidgets on the porch railing, 
tips his black cap to diners
dragging bacon scent down the street. 

Thank You! to Jim Kelly for permission to print Diner

James O. Kelly Englewood, FL 02/14/13 

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