How Are You Awakened?

Written for:  Poets United Midweek Motif~Morning Poem  (posted by Sumana)

“Capture the time in your lines when the day is new and you are out of your slumber.
Isn’t it always a good morning whether it’s bright, gray, cloudy or rainy? Or is it not?”

“A monk sips morning tea,
it’s quiet,
the chrysanthemum’s flowering.”— Matsuo Basho

If awakened by chirping
birds, I smile. Must be
a good omen.

If awakened by screaming
garbage trucks, banging
and clanging down the street,
I pull up my covers.

If I open my eyes to slits,
find there is a fog
that sits outside my window,
occluding vision of all
outdoors, I rise, sit
at the window and watch
for fog to slowly evaporate,
and trees to walk out
of the mist.

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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15 Responses to How Are You Awakened?

  1. Sherry says:

    I love the image of the trees walking out of the mist. The play of clouds and mist on trees is a source of wonder to me.


  2. susanstoo says:

    Yes what magic moments–but especially the last one when the trees walk out of the mist.


  3. thotpurge says:

    love the trees walking out of the mist!


  4. Sumana Roy says:

    Love trees walking out of mists. Gorgeous image. I also love the smiley, chirping morning. Very much musical.


  5. Khaya Ronkainen says:

    Some people have beautiful mornings, I tell you. 🙂
    “watch/for fog to slowly evaporate,/and trees to walk out/of the mist.”
    Lovely moments!


  6. Rall says:

    Covers over the head and the banging of garbage trucks…I can relate to:)


  7. Lovely! I really like how you give words to something that we all feel — the first thing that we encounter after waking up should be something positive and refreshing. Also, I loved the romanticism of looking through the window at the trees walking “out of the mist”.


  8. magicalmysticalteacher says:

    Several different ways of waking…this is lovely!


  9. sanaarizvi says:

    Oh this is lovely! I love the image of the trees walking out of the mist. 😍


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