(the early bird can have the stupid worm)

Welcome to the daily torment:
those first few early moments
– morning is not my time –
I certainly don’t shine!
(though eventually, reluctantly,
I’ll rise…)

Awakening to alertness is foreign,
awakening with energy forgotten,
awakening before I need to abhorrent!
– morning is not my time –
I certainly find
it’s so difficult
to rise.

Occasionally I am curious though:
to bring me leaping straightway from my slumbers,
what might it take?
– for truly, morning is not my time –
A hurricane? an earthquake,
or calamity of biblical proportions…
Would that jolt open my eyes?

For there are even some days
where I feel stuck on autopilot
zombieing from dawn to twilight
twenty four hours and more of what seems like one unending morning!
and by now we all know:
– mornings are NOT my time –
And I feel doomed
to stumble through
morning, noon and night,
half my precious life,
half asleep…

How I long for that elusive moment
when even as I drown
in dreary daily dreams
I’ll hear
So loud and clear a call
irresistible –
that without second thoughts,
or snooze button last resorts,
with sudden eager eyes,
wide, wide awake –
I’ll rise.

6 thoughts on “rise

  1. What a great poem! I think many of us can relate to this. I hope you don’t mind me sharing it with my poet’s group today. Of course, I will credit you as the writer. We are a small group who meet to encourage and inspire each other to create or recite poetic works that resonate with us. I look forward to reading more of your work.

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      1. We had a pretty full on gathering yesterday so I only got to share your poem with one member. I opted to share a poem I had written instead of someone else’s work. I thought it was a bit of rubbish but people seem to like it. We are working on a collection for a book with works by local people. Nice to follow the work of a fellow Aussie!

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  2. Yay! I got to share this poem yesterday with my poets’ group. We met in the pub for coffee and cake so we could get around the indoor mask restrictions that are in place in Victoria. A young man sitting behind me when I was reciting it wanted a copy so I referred him to your blog. A fellow poet suggested you getting a puppy and you will have no problem rising! Keep up the good work. Our book is coming together after discussion yesterday which was exciting.

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    1. That’s wonderful news about the book! and thank you so much for the kind recommendation. It’s very encouraging, so much appreciated 🙂 Oh, BTW I have a cat so not sure about the puppy… mind you, she can also make a pretty fair alarm clock when she wants attention!

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      1. Hell hath no fury like a cat who wants breakfast now! My cat Rambo has been driving me crazy wanting to go out at 2.30am then sleeps all day! Cold and wet here, good weather for staying in and writing or reading!

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