Poem: Third Place Commons

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Young and old dance to the music of a Hawaiian band
at the Third Place Commons
Photo by Diane Hettrick

Third Place Commons is the organization that uses the public space at the Lake Forest Park Towne Centre for community activities and events. The main commons area has a stage, a meeting room, and seven restaurants. Dozens of formal and informal groups meet there, small children play, others use the giant chess set - sometimes even for chess. Every Friday and Saturday live music groups perform. Sara J. Glerum is a regular inhabitant of The Commons and was inspired to write this poem.


THIRD PLACE COMMONS
By Sara J. Glerum

You asked me to tell
you just what it means
and why I proclaim
such depth of delight.

IT’S THE . . .

Rattle of dishes
tapping of keyboards
laughter of children
jumping on chess squares.

Knitting and sewing
drawing and painting
writing, critiquing
and practicing French.

Conversing of moms
loving their time off
meeting an old friend
running committees.

Spying a loved one
next to my table
pulling up chairs
expanding the chat.

Hearing an excerpt
from operas and books
watching recitals
clapping for choirs.

Old people tired
young full of vinegar
parents and singles
families and teens.

Everyone welcome
all with a purpose
coming to Third Place
to have a good time.


Dinosaurs are an important part of chess
Austin Carpp and his sons play at Third Place Commons
Photo by Diane Hettrick



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