I am sitting outside on the deck. Early morning. The air is cool and crisp. I am wrapped up in a blanket. A shawl around my shoulders.
I feel the slight coolness of the air against the skin of my face, my fingers.
Morning sounds greet me. Two geese honking as they fly over. A chickadee chirping. The hiss of the river flowing.
I am feeling content. Satisfied. Peaceful.
I take a sip of my latte, the liquid warm as it crosses my lips, enters my mouth and flows down my throat.
A car crosses the bridge moving from west to east. Its tires hiss on the road’s surface and then it is gone.
Overhead, the sound of a jet plane breaks the quiet of the morning. In this time of Covid, the skies have been so quiet for so long now, it sounds out of place, unusual.
And then it too is gone.
Morning stillness returns.
There is no music playing softly in the background this morning. Only the poetry of nature filling the morning with its songs.
Poetry is everywhere. From the sounds of the river flowing, geese flying overhead, cars travelling across the bridge.
Poetry is everywhere.
“Go sit outside and savour the poetry of the morning,” the wisdom of my heart whispered when I first sat down at my desk to write.
The critter was having none of my heart’s desire. With a plumped up sense of importance, it jumped into the fray. “Don’t be ridiculous,” it hissed. “It’s cold out there.”
At first, I let the critter’s voice dictate my actions. He’s right, I thought. It is still a bit too chilly out there.
My heart is wise. It knows best what I need.
“It’s only ridiculous if you decide it’s ridiculous,” my heart murmured gently. “There is poetry in the morning air. Go and savour its song. Go immerse yourself in its beauty.”
The critter is not one to give up easily. “You’ll catch a cold,” it stated emphatically.
“Now that’s ridiculous,” I replied.
And I came outside.
I am sitting on the deck in the cool morning air wrapped up in a blanket. My laptop is propped up in front of me. My fingers move across the keyboard. The still cool air of morning caresses my skin.
I am surrounded by the poetry of morning.
It floats through the air, every sound plumping up each molecule into round full orbs of delight that tickle and tease my senses with their delicious, poetic nature.
The morning air sounds like it feels. Graceful, effortless, like the ducks bobbing along the river’s surface as they pass by in front of me.
I close my eyes and welcome in the poetry of morning. It sweeps through my body, cascading in wave after wave washing over me with its melodic, hypnotic invitation to get present within this moment right now.
I feel myself sinking deeply into the moment. Becoming one with all that is my world right here where I sit wrapped up in a blanket on the deck in the cool morning air.
I breathe in and out. In and out and open my eyes. The world is brighter. Lighter.
I watch a squirrel performing an arabesque in the trees. It turns its body upside down as it clings to a branch before letting go and leaping fearlessly through space, twisting itself right-side up, midair, to grab hold of the next branch. The leaves rustle melodiously as it moves through the forest canopy bursting into fullness with each passing moment.
I hear the song of more birds chirping. A single plaintiff whistle. A magpie squawking.
The poetry of morning surrounds me.
Gratitude fills my body with its song of joy. My heart breaks open with the beauty of this day awakening.
Morning has broken. Day has begun. My heart is full of the poetry of life.