Morning and the Sounds of Silence

Morning. My eyes pop open and I hear the wild chatter of birds through open windows, feel the stiffness of an aging back, and immediately run through my mental to do list. I can never return to sweet slumber, but I do enjoy the quiet house, the first sips of coffee, and time to prepare for whatever wild rumpus the day may hold.

Horses in the pasture, early summer morning

It’s funny, the difference between summer mornings and deep winter. There’s an element of survival on a January morning — a need for fires and warm layers; for hot, steaming coffee to warm your bones. There’s a wont for thick oatmeal and wool socks. In summer, awakening happens more slowly. There’s time to stretch into the day. Bare feet on a cool floor is so nice in the upstairs heat of an aged house whose only cooling system is an open window and ceiling fan.

Summer mornings are alive with the calls of feathered friends, the snorts of horses left to pasture in the cool night air. Summer mornings are bright and cheery, promising intense heat and perhaps, a cool repose with an icy Sunday afternoon drink on the porch — something with lemon, perhaps. Enjoy your morning … and your noon and night, friends.


by Billy Collins
Why do we bother with the rest of the day,
the swale of the afternoon,
the sudden dip into evening,
then night with his notorious perfumes,
his many-pointed stars?
This is the best—
throwing off the light covers,
feet on the cold floor,
and buzzing around the house on espresso—
maybe a splash of water on the face,
a palmful of vitamins—
but mostly buzzing around the house on espresso,
dictionary and atlas open on the rug,
the typewriter waiting for the key of the head,
a cello on the radio,
and, if necessary, the windows—
trees fifty, a hundred years old
out there,
heavy clouds on the way
and the lawn steaming like a horse
in the early morning.
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  • comment-avatar
    Robyn June 5, 2016 (10:27 pm)

    I’m a morning person too! I love waking up to singing birds, drinking coffee and greeting (feeding) my little animals.

    • comment-avatar
      Jennifer June 7, 2016 (11:57 am)

      Isn’t it the most beautiful time of day? We had a stormy morning a few days ago. It was an absolute delight! Enjoy your coffee … 🙂

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