Hazy summer sunrise over the Mojave Desert
“This is the best –
throwing off the light covers,
feet on the cold floor,
and buzzing around the house on espresso …”
Morning by Billy Collins, Picnic, Lightening
Morning comes in gentle whispers, soft refrains
A fresh light peeks in around the blinds
Breezes stroke the sheers with sweet affection
Ears spark to the rhythm of a light spring rain
I think I hear school bells. Slowly I realize . . .
. . . “I am no longer that young girl.”
From someplace the sound of baby murmur,
but that sweet boy is grown and gone away
I reach for the man and with relief remember,
now he’s another woman’s Sisyphean task
The cat, I move to pull her plump and furry
body into the cuddle of my arms, but her dust
sits in a wooden box on my bedside table
Slowly orienting to time and place, I rise
I spark to the spirit of my several selves
I stretch and yawn my way into this new day
The good yesterday has faded in time and
tomorrow is a promise that may not keep,
But look! This bright morning has arrived . . .
What unknown adventures will come my way
with this new sun and newer me?
© 2019, Jamie Dedes; photo courtesy of Jessie Eastland under CC BY-SA 4.0
WEDNESDAY WRTING PROMPT
What is it like when you are awakening in the morning? Are you up-and-at ’em right away? Do you curl back up for a few moments of precious sleep? Are you ever disoriented, perhaps not knowing the time or place? Tell us in your poem/s and
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Anyone may take part Wednesday Writing Prompt, no matter the status of your career: novice, emerging or pro. It’s about exercising the poetic muscle, showcasing your work, and getting to know other poets who might be new to you.
You are welcome – encouraged – to share your poems in a language other than English but please accompany it with a translation into English.
A busy though bed-bound poet, writer, former columnist and the former associate editor of a regional employment newspaper, my work has been featured widely in print and digital publications including: Levure littéraire, Ramingo’s Porch, Vita Brevis Literature, HerStry, Connotation Press, The Bar None Group, Salamander Cove, I Am Not a Silent Poet, Meta/ Phor(e) /Play, Woven Tale Press, The Compass Rose and California Woman. I run The Poet by Day, a curated info hub for poets and writers. I founded The Bardo Group/Beguines, a virtual literary community and publisher of The BeZine of which I am the founding and managing editor. Among others, I’ve been featured on The MethoBlog, on the Plumb Tree’s Wednesday Poet’s Corner, and several times as Second Light Live featured poet.
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“Every pair of eyes facing you has probably experienced something you could not endure.” Lucille Clifton