Slice 23 of 31: What to Bring to a Desert Isle


For her 45th birthday, my cousin asked us not to buy her any presents. Rather, she’d like book and music recommendations. What would we want with us if we were stranded on a desert isle? I could not choose just one of either, and certainly didn’t want to just give her a list. So I wrote her a poem. I don’t think she’ll mind if I share it here.


To a desert isle I’d bring,

Music that would make my soul sing.

Mozart’s Figaro,

Les Miserable,

Broadway musicals,

Nothing macabre.

So many books, its harder to choose,

Too many titles I’d be loathe to lose.

The Book Thief,

Bel Canto,

Cloud Atlas and more,

would help transcend any lonely shore.

What books and music would you want to have with you?

Thank you to Stacey and Ruth at Two Writing Teachers for hosting this Slice of Life Challenge!

7 thoughts on “Slice 23 of 31: What to Bring to a Desert Isle

  1. I love that you turned this simple request into a nice poem for your cousin. I would want broadway music with me too. I love The Book Thief but would have to think long and hard before I could put together a list like this. I am stressing out just thinking about it.


  2. I love how you put your suggestions in a poem. What would I want with me? Along with Mozart, I’d want some jazz. Books are much harder. I would also take Gifts from the Sea. It is a book I return to again and again. I’d also want Anne of Green Gables and The Chronicles of Narnia.


  3. What a great way to respond to your cousin! Picking books is like asking me which of my students are my favorites…

    But, I do think I’d take some poetry, probably Billy Collins and Edna St. Vincent Millay. I’d want Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe and The Name of the Wind and its sequels by Patrick Rothfuss (if he doesn’t finish that trilogy soon…!!!). I’d probably bring the Complete Works of Shakepeare–I could play all of the parts and read all of the plays! I know there are more…

    For music? Wow… I think maybe this could be its own slice for me. My comment is getting longer and longer.

    Thanks for giving me something to think about tonight.


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