I awake each day refreshed
Sleep rubbed off by a night of peace;
The hour is early and I read.
A quiet time pushing past to present.
There are sounds just for the morning;
The scratch of a tree branch on the house;
The creaking and the rubbing of things;
Maybe my squeaky chair, a slight cough
Or is it that wonderful quiet.
A breeze sings through the open window;
My mind pauses on this or that and then,
Squanders its message for no reason,
And I just sit not caring and waiting.
Maybe it is just that any direction is fine;
Perhaps it's the warm cup of chocolate in my hand.
I sip and then sip again in complete satisfaction,
Just holding on and feeling well for the moment.
I see the cat slinking along the porch rail;
The dogs bark at something I can't see or hear;
I turn toward the sunrise and blink;
It's nice and warm and almost fuzzy.
There's a book on the table opened to a page;
It reads: "Fail your way to success."
I laugh and suck the jam off my fingers;
I hear my wife in the shower as the door bangs.
The sounds are beginning to be different;
The wind has come up and a train whistle
Sounds down the track to a given mile.
I await for the computer to warm up;
There's that funny connection sound
As I plug into the internet.
The headlines on the news are glaring
But far from sanitized or even worth reading.
The stock market is open and I check;
The stocks are down or at least mine are;
I think about that and doze off for few minutes.
I begin to stir for the new day begins;
I do my oblations, comb down my thinning hair;
I feed myself, the dogs, the cats and say prayers;
Kiss my wife good bye and stop for a moment.
I take a deep breath of fresh air as I step to the Jeep;
I'll be back tomorrow I promise myself,
And then feel that playful attitude comes over me;
I say just for fun: "Until then everybody out of the pool."