poetry

oh no, here comes the morning.

I don’t like mornings.
………….They’re bright,
confusing, blinding.

There is so much noise and…

……………yellow.

I feel as if I have to chase my thoughts
across my mind because the birds won’t stop chirping.
…….(chirp)
…………………(chirp)

The trash man arrives then, ……….(chirp)
and he crashes and booms his way across the pavement outside my window.
…………….The sun shines on the trash man,
and he sweats– and e v e r y o n e sweats– and the smell permeates the air.

I have to fight the brightness,
..the chirping,
…..the b o o m i n g, and the crashes.

Everyone is in a rush. In a hurry.

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Shhhhh.

The air is tight, my skin fits wrong,
but I persevere. (crash)

I outlive morning
every day.

The sun sets back and the brightness fades a bit. The world slows down and smiles.  Every little sentence lines up properly to form a thought, and my mind slows down enough to listen.  I don’t know where the noise goes, but I like to think it folds into conversation– comfortable chit-chat between lovers and friends.

The night comes gently and turns individuals into tribes.  We cozy under the starry sky, companions in our own personal blanket fort– safe under a fabric made from dark corners of the cosmos.  The next day heralds wonder and we sleep on that dream– knowing that tomorrow will bring the future, if only we survive the morning.

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What about you?  Are you a morning person?

111 comments

    1. 🙂 Yay for night owls! My sister (who is a morning bird to an extreme) swears that night is noisier… I suppose it’s all a matter of perception. Still though, I love the night! 🙂

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    1. Haha! 😀 I like that clever turnaround. I do know quite a few morning people, it’s just a character trait that’s never kicked in for me. Happy late afternoon to you, Beth Ann! 😀

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    1. Thank you! 🙂 It started as just a little thought on morning-vs-night, but I figured a morning person would need to see morning how I see it in order to understand. 😀

      Yes, those birds are quite determined in the morning! 🙂

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  1. Oh birds. They wake up my cat who immediately goes to the window to yell at them to wake me up. I shouldn’t even bother with an alarm clock at this point! It’s getting silly.

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    1. 🙂 Exactly. My cat also yells at my alarm clock right before it goes off. That wakes me up just in time to go and turn it off. Cats make the best alarm clocks. 🙂

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  2. Good Morning (6:09 a.m., San Francisco time!): We don’t get a whole heck of a lot of yellow in my neighborhood. The fog takes care of that. The line “I outlive morning every day” packs a lot of meaning into a tiny space, as all good poetry should. Vonn Scott Bair

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    1. 😀 Thank you, Vonn! That was my favorite part, too. 😀 I actually don’t mind mornings quite so much in foggy areas of the world– waking up to a blanket of fog is almost as comforting as a blanket of stars. Here in Orange County, though, it’s all yellow sunshine! 🙂

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    1. Starting work at 6:20 is super early! I’ve pretty much always had office/lab/retail jobs so I’m used to grumbling about 9am as a start time. 🙂 Coffee helps get through the mornings, but I think I’d still be a grumpy dino if I started work everyday at 6am. Thanks for reading!! 😀

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  3. During the week I’m not much of a morning person, mostly because I wake up late and have to rush around, however my brain is intent on me being a morning person during the weekend and wakes me up early.

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    1. My brain wakes me up at 8am, too– which is fine on days I have to work, but is awful on days when I don’t. 🙂 I feel like everyone is late and rushing in the morning… the whole vibe of the universe is “accck!”. That’s one big reason I like nights better. 🙂

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      1. Me too, I seem to wake up about 8pm. Mornings are just out to screw you over and make you later for wherever you’re supposed to be going.

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  4. I’m a morning person, Rara…. but maybe it’s because I live in the country and I get gentle noise, not city noise. The birds and the wind in the cedar branches outside my bedroomwindow and the sound of the neighbour’s feet crunching across the gravel are as noisy as it gets here…..

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    1. I dunno, I lived in the middle of nowhere at one part of my life and mornings were loud to me there, too. All the animals wake up. All the farm work was gettin’ done. Cockadoodledoo, mooo, crash, vroom, knock knock, etc. 🙂

      I think people are probably either morning people or night people wherever they live. Though I read somewhere that morning people are healthier, which makes total sense given sunlight and access to more healthy food choices. 🙂

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  5. I really like your way of describing your morning. But I like most of my mornings. Just before dawn to sit alone with a cup of coffee and listen to the world around wakes up……priceless.

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  6. Ohhhh I love this. Definitely not a morning person myself. In fact I even put a lower bed next to mine so that the process of falling out of bed wouldn’t bruise anymore (I’m not kidding, I actually have two beds on a gradient… 😛 ) But then you know, cats and coffee happen, in varied order, and then the day looks up. Cheers! 🙂

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    1. 🙂 So true. Cats and coffee solve most of the world’s problems! 🙂 (And I put a cushy blanket on the floor next to my bed for the same reason.)

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  7. Mornings? There oughtta be a law agin’ em. Twice in my life, I got to work my dream shift – 4pm to midnight – and LOVED it. As the old quote goes, “There’s a reason they shoot people at sunrise. Nobody wants to LIVE that early in the morning!” 😀

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    1. I love midnight shifts! The night is so beautiful, and sleeping in under the guise of working later is awesome! 🙂 I have never heard that quote, but I absolutely love it! 😀

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  8. I like morning when it’s on my terms. I personally love waking up slowly to sun slipping around the window shades, especially if it was warm enough to sleep with the window open and a gentle breeze is pushing the shade. More light (get up sleepy!), less light (okay, just five more minutes), more light (really, get up now), less light (okay, another minute won’t hurt). I would much rather wake to happy birds in the tree outside my window (as long as they are not crows) than to the rude, insistent beeping of my alarm clock. I love mornings when I don’t have to wake up electronically!

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    1. I don’t like alarm clocks, but I don’t think birds are much different. It’s something about that pitch that makes me grumpy. When I lived on a farm, the cows would rush out in the early morning and they sounded like thudthudthud… it was noisy, but it was a comfortable noise. Put that together with Vonn’s fog (above) to get rid of the yellow, and I might enjoy a morning. 🙂 Maybe!

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    1. Thanks, Fish! 😀 I figured the best way to explain how I see mornings is to show it. 😀 This would make a fun challenge, though. I bet other people– especially the visually-talented ones like you– could come up with some swoon-worthy posts featuring crazy typography. 🙂

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  9. I sleep through the morning every possible chance I can. I don’t usually even go outside until after the sun has set, if I can help it.
    But then there’s scorpions, so I go back inside.
    Beautiful imagery and typography — I absolutely loved this.

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    1. Scorpions, yeeck! That’s one point for morning. 🙂 But yes, if I can get away with sleeping through a morning, I totally do. Thank you for reading!! 😀

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  10. I love, love, love this! I can’t stand mornings, the bright light, cars sailing by; I don’t understand why birds wake up all chirppy, dogs have to bark, garbage pick ups are always SO EARLY, people have to talk, talk, talk … why no one can wait till noon to speak I couldn’t ever figure out.

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  11. Haha…that’s cute! I used to be an early riser when I was teaching and in school. Those days have since passed. When I was in Peru, the sun used to start coming out early, like before 6 before I left. Being that there are usually lots of windows and thin curtains to allow the light to permeate the homes so as not to use a lot of electricity which is very expensive there, once my eyes caught the shining sun, I was pretty much awakened whether I had to get up or not. So, while the sunlight was lovely during the day, I’d rather it have come out much later so I could sleep longer, especially on weekends.

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    1. The first thing I do when I move somewhere is cover up the windows with dark curtains, like a vampire. 🙂 Waking up to that sort of light makes me scary to be around. 🙂 I do love the sunlight when I’m outside, though. There’s nothing like being warmed by the sun!

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  12. I tried to turn my keyboard sideways to get lines like yours, but it didn’t work.

    What’s your secret? Do you have special powers? Are you a witch?

    (crowd murmurs) “She’s a witch. Burn her!”

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    1. Yep, I’m a witch. An inflammable one, I’m afraid. 😉

      But nah, I took a screen shot of the preview and tweaked the text in a basic photo editor, then posted it in as an image. The rest of the text was resized using their basic formats and colors. 🙂

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  13. Wow, I love this! The only thing different about my mornings is the addition of lawncare workers (weedwhackers, lawnmowers, leaf blowers). Ugh!

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    1. Thanks, Kelley! 😀 We have those too… the leaf blowers are so loud considering it’s just air. 🙂 Thank you for reading, and for empathizing with my morning plight. 😀

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  14. Great, I’ve found another “not a morning person”. I like your description of your skin not fitting properly 🙂 Feel much the same way. The nutters that insist on getting up in the wee hours and telling me that it’s so beautiful have definitely lost it. Sunset is beautiful! That’s my favourite time of the day. Mornings, to me, are grey in comparison to the beauty of evenings. Oh, that reminds me, what the hell am I doing awake. I should be back in bed, waiting for it to be later in the day.

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  15. I’m a morning person too! I like feeling like I have the whole day. When I sleep in (even until like, 8), I feel like I’ve wasted the day away.

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    1. I just saw on the FP board– congrats!! 😀 I’d stay up till 8 before waking up at 8, haha. 🙂 But I do hear that morning people are healthier!

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  16. I am a morning person. I wake with the sunrise. As the days wears on I get fatigued–lose battery power. But what you say about the bright sun and the noise really resonates with me. I love the dark calm of night, too.

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    1. Despite not being a morning person, I really do wish I could wake with the sunrise. It’s (almost) as beautiful as a sunset, and probably makes for a much more productive day! 🙂

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  17. I would like the business day to begin somewhere around noon. Then, I could stay in bed late, have a leisurely cup of tea, and still start at the same time as everyone else.

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  18. This was truly wonderful. Well done, Rara, well done.
    I am, actually, a morning person. I think I always have been. I’ve wondered if that was because my dad was a morning person and we always just got up when he got up… since leaving home work has necessitated that I continue that trend even if it means I get less and less sleep. But, I honestly don’t mind. I love the crispness of the air in the mornings, I love how everything feels new, I love that I can be out of bed and wandering the streets in the light and have them mostly to myself…

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    1. 😀 Thank you! Yes, I know a good number of morning people and their interpretation of night is much the same as mine of morning. They say night is noisy and busy, whereas I say the opposite. It’s funny how the mind works! 🙂

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  19. I am definitely a night owl! It seems to me you are too because you often reply to any comments I make in the middle of the night or are the first to read my posts!

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  20. Mornings SUCK. I am a night owl. A late, late night owl! It takes me till lunch to feel “human” and once my metabolism and brain get started it takes a long time to slow down. Hence the problem: can’t get up in AM, can’t get to sleep in PM. Rats! And it’s not helping matters that hubby AND son are morning birds. Rrrrrr. Oh well!

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    1. Yay for night owls! 🙂 Luckily my husband is a night owl, too… I’d probably lose my mind if he was up regularly in the morning! I don’t know how you do it! 🙂

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      1. We walk very, very gently around one another sometimes! And he’ll want to do something and say, “well, maybe we could go out EARLY and check out the ….” And I give him a dirty look. And I’ll say, “that would be great, if we do it some time that isn’t the BUTT CRACK of DAWN!” But, we’ve been together 20 years. (I was 12 when we met, LOL.) (Not really, just kidding.)

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  21. I’m more of a morning person that a right-after-school person. The kids get home- they’re hungry, have homework, need me to look at this, sign that- all while I’m trying to find them something to eat.

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    1. 🙂 That makes sense. I don’t have little ones so my “right after school” time is a quiet late lunch. Of course, getting them ready for school must be a nightmare too? Actually, thinking about it, when do moms sleep? 🙂

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  22. Hell to the no. I’m a dusk-to-night owl. (a dusky night owl?) I’m usually at my sharpest between dinnertime and about 2-3am.

    My bedroom window overlooks a mildly busy street. At 2am, I hear drunken students returning from the bars. At 5am, I hear the street sweeper (or in winter, the plow truck.) At 6am, I hear the garbage truck. At 7am, I hear normal traffic of people going to their daytimes.

    Between 7 and 8am, I hear the five different alarms I’ve scheduled to make sure that I wake the hell up and go to work. Without them, I might stay in bed for hours more.

    Mornings are when I get the best sleep.

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    1. Dusky night owls for the win! 🙂 Dinnertime to 3am is prime thinking time! 🙂 I just received your postcard!!! Awesome! There’ll be a post about it soon. Thank you so much! *hugs*

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  23. Birds ’round here don’t chirp, they cough. Night owl me – the moon my mistress. You’re a poet too – impressed – how do you get words to angle like that?

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