I Think I’d Rather Be – a Poem About COVID-19

A little poem I just wrote down. I hope it cheers, gives hope, encourages faith, and creates a smile or two.

I Think I’d Rather Be (about COVID-19)

I think I’d rather be a squirrel
Eating nuts with my tail in a swirl,
Where COVID-19’s not in a whirl.
I’d rather be a squirrel.

I think I’d rather be a bird
Simply nesting where nothing’s stirred.
Where COVID-19’s not the word.
I’d rather be a bird.

I think I’d rather be a horse
Frolicking in a meadow of course,
Where COVID-19’s not a force.
I’d rather be a horse.

I think I’d rather be a bee
With my hive in the hole of a tree
Where COVID-19’s not on a spree.
I’d rather be a bee.

Don’t think I’d rather be bat,
Looking around for a scrumptious gnat,
Where COVID-19’s where it’s at.
Wouldn’t rather be a bat.

I guess I’d rather just be me
Praying with God on bended knee,
Casting COVID-19 “into the sea”.
I’d rather just be me.


Marianne Coyne
April 27, 2020


Thank you for strolling by Leisure Lane today. Stay healthy, safe, laugh, think happy thoughts, and…

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Artist and Author


Staying Indoors – Perfect Time for Some Leisurely Reading

Good day, everyone, and welcome to Leisure Lane. Staying in doesn’t have to be boring. Reading is a great way to leisurely take your mind off of what’s going on right now. Here are a couple of good reads that won’t take up too much time, yet give you full and entertaining stories.

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Artist and part-time grocery store employee, Catherine Donahue, is frustrated and disheartened after an unexpected change disrupts her already frazzled life. She had faith things would get better, yet now they seem to be worse. With emotions already heightened, she rediscovers a long-ago cherished gift hidden under the chaos of her once organized drawers, that invokes a secret memory, transporting her back twenty-three years to a college, a powwow, and Sam – a young Mohawk, who made a single weekend last a lifetime. But life gives Catherine another turn as she acquires a commission to paint the cover of an author’s new historical romance novel, drawing her deeper into the nostalgic emotions she’s been recently experiencing toward her past love. Will this new adventure keep her stuck in the past, or will it be a second chance at love?

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Fifteen-year-old Annie Salvatore loves the opportunities and excitement of growing up in early twentieth century America. It’s her dream of falling in love and escaping the tradition of an arranged marriage just as her mother did in Italy. But sometimes life doesn’t give us what we want in the package we had envisioned. Undertones of an arranged marriage are overshadowed by the love and duty Annie feels toward her family. But as the years pass, Annie discovers that the love in her heart is not enough without strength. Through life’s joys and woes, Annie presses closer toward God. He gently teaches her heart to forgive and to love more deeply. In surrendering her heart to His strength, Annie discovers the ability to conquer. Step back in time, slip into Annie’s shoes and walk her journey, as it leads her to make the decision that will alter her family’s life and fill it with the true promise of Christmas. Based on a true story of faith, courage, sadness and joy. A life-changing and heartwarming story.


To check out more e-book novellas and short stories for young and old, click here and enjoy!

Be blessed during this time and always, and…

Until next time, may happy days abound!



Hope or Faith – revisited for these times

Hello everyone, and welcome to Leisure Lane. Today I am republishing a post from October, 2013. A timeless piece. Stay safe, use wisdom, keep positive, and enjoy.

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“You never hope for a thing you already possess…

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Hope is a beautiful delusion…
The Senses declare, “It cannot be,” but FAITH shouts above the turmoil, “It is!”
Faith counts the thing done before God has acted.”  E. W. Kenyon

“Whatever you ask (claim, demand) in prayer,
believe you receive (take for your own), and you shall have what you say.”  Jesus of Nazareth
Mark 11:24

Hope is the morning song of a sparrow.
Hope is the glimmer of light that excites the edge of a storm cloud.
Hope is the bend in the road.
Hope is the prayer wafting to heaven.
Faith is the Amen!

This is something really taking root in my soul garden.  I hope 😉 this speaks to someone today, and strengthens your resolve once and for all.  May you be blessed, my dear friends, who are so precious to me, and…

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne ♥

Note:  The above “Hope” prayer is from the series, “Soul Survivor”, by Marianne Coyne ©2004.  All rights reserved.  The above photos by Marianne Coyne.

Old China Fairy Tale: The Enchanted Dance

The daughter of a poor cobbler, Lijuan’s beauty and grace captivates the heart of her village. But when a curse befalls her will she persevere, or fall victim to its power? The Enchanted Dance is a tale of raw passion, courage and love. Step, if you dare, into its pages. Lijuan will captivate your heart, and hold it in the timelessness of her embrace .

Hello everyone and welcome to Leisure Lane. I hope you enjoyed your weekend.

Autumn is here and the cooler weather makes it a perfect time to curl up with your favorite cuppa’ and a good read. Today I’m featuring a beautiful story set in old China. When I began writing my short tales, I wanted to incorporate new stories that read with the same charm as the fairy tales most of us grew up with.

This fairy tale will surround you in an atmosphere of the supernatural, while engaging you in a young girl’s plight for her soul’s survival. Lijuan’s journey will become your own. Take a step back in time, to an age of emperors, nightingales, and miracles, as you, too, learn the steps of The Enchanted Dance.

Leaving a review on my amazon page, it would be most appreciated :). And, if you don’t own a kindle, check out how you can read from any device on the book’s amazon page.

Thank you for visiting today. I hope your enjoyed your stroll around the lane, and…

Until next time, may happy days abound!


With Cherries on Top Fabric Makeup Pouch

Happy Saturday, everyone and welcome to Leisure Lane.

Sharing the cheeriest (and cherriest 😉 )makeup pouch I made for my friend, M. She loves pouches and I couldn’t resist this fabric.

The lining was a perfect match – don’t you think?

I added a pocket on the back for easy access to lipstick for a quick touch-up, without all the “rummaging”. And a little note to top it off made the gift.

I hope you enjoyed your visit today. That cooler weather is on its way – a perfect time for snuggling with a cup of tea and a good read, so don’t forget to check out my e-books on Amazon, and…

Until next time, may happy days abound!



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