Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Poetry Tuesday: "Why I Love Mornings" by Nancy Boutilier



Ah, the possibility
of the uncut tree
all the blank pages it holds
the unwritten words that
will carve their way
into branches
leaves
roots

The unopened gifts of morning
the untrammeled untraveled
unimagined unseen
unsounded unmet
the ground still wet
or fresh with snow
something lost
or found.

I love the sunrise
for its seductive rays
inching themselves across
life's contours
inviting darkness out of corners
as night recedes
leaving the day smooth and untracked
like tide-soothed sands along the shore

I stand above the city
as the slow light
holds steadfast
a dull glow in the face of fog.
The sun is up
and day begins to settle
subtle and persevering
above the sparkling bay.

Below, the highway stretches
itself tight across the terrain.
The cars making their daily journeys
glisten with the possibility of changing
direction
taking the wrong exit
to the left or right
place.

How does one leave
without leaving behind?
How can I write the words
and let the tree stand?
Where does the dew go dry to
as the sun peels off the ordinariness of it all?
What will this day reveal?
What will the sun let fall?


---Nancy Boutilier

28 comments:

Joey @ Big Teeth and Clouds said...

Those are the big questions that come with each new day. But we're blessed with the opportunity.

Joe Cap said...

I think I only like mornings on weekends...during the week, I like when morning rapidly turns into afternoon!

Madi and Mom said...

I'm a morning person too. I'm at my best in the morning I love mornings. I even love the morning meal better the the rest of the day's meals. I love eating breakfast out. HA!! What beautiful poem....thank you for sharing it with us.

HulaBuns said...
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HulaBuns said...

LOL! I just realized that under "Leave your comment" there is a statement that reads "Thank you for commenting! Did I mention you look great today?" - If you saw me this morning I'm not sure you would not think so. ;)

Beautiful poem. Thanks for sharing. I am not a morning person, but did appreciate it.

Christina Lee said...

wow so lovely!!

Georgina Dollface said...

I love, love, love the morning. I love getting up early enough to watch the sky slowly light up. There is so much potential and positive energy in the morning - it's my most creative time of the day. And I love that when I am up early, I have some extra me time. - G

Tracy said...

I love mornings, too, but only when they are described as beautifully as this. Of course a poem called "I Love Noon" probably wouldn't catch anyone's attention.

slommler said...

I love early mornings and this poem so captures that feeling. A new day...glistening like a gem...waiting to be discovered.
Wonderful!
Hugs
SueAnn

Baby Sister said...

That was wonderful. I'm not a morning person...but it was still pretty. :)

Marlene said...

I'm not a morning person, nor am I a poetry person....but I love you and your blog....so it's all good. :)

Madi and Mom said...

Dear Ms. Ima Dog....
I eagerly await you and your pesky HOA committee's arrival. I'm preparing tea and sugar scones in hopes of sweetening you sour personalities....Madi

BB that was absolutely hilarious!!!
You crack me up. Thanks for the laugh. Hubby will enjoy it too.

Leanne said...

Can I just tell you - the comment you left on my blog this morning brought tears to my eyes.You are just about the BEST BOSSY lady a girl like me could EVER know. And I love you!! Seriously.

Thanks, Betty, for your constant support and inspiration in my life.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I feel inspired already!

Theresa Milstein said...

You shared another perfect poem. I love the potential in a brand new day because it does feel like a fresh start in a lot of ways.

I just wrote a post about morning and productivity.

Hope you're having a day full of possibilities.

RawknRobynsGoneBlogWild said...

I'll have whatever Nancy had for breakfast. Make mine a double.
xoRobyn

Ann said...

I'll agree that mornings are wonderful so long as it's a saturday or sunday morning. Monday through Friday when i have to go to work, I have much less enthusiasm for them

patti said...

Wow! And to think I just smile at the dawn when I could recite this poem.

Go, morning people!!!
Thanks, Betty.
Patti

Kazzy said...

I love mornings, even though it is hard to climb out of bed!

Old Kitty said...

Awww BB!! I am so not a morning person but this poem invokes the wonder and joy of a new day - just born again - the uncut tree, the sunrise's seductive rays, everything "un" - untracked, unsounded, untrammeled - each action unravelled - anew, afresh.

Wow. I shall try and think of this poem when my alarm goes off tomorrow morning! :-)

Thank you fab BB for this lovely poem!

take care
x

NENSA MOON said...

That's a beautiful poem..
Even though am not a so morning person.. but I love this poem.
thanks for posting it!!

take care
nensa

Daisy said...

I do my best in the morning. Very nice poem, Betty. :)

Writing Without Periods! said...

Mornings are my fav time. I love poetry Tuesdays with you. Thank you so much.
Mary

Lourie said...

Every once in a while, I will wake in the wee small hours of the morning. Those times when the sun is peaking through. And I think I would love to stay awake and drink it all in. Then I fall back asleep. But this poem is beautiful.

faye said...

My favorite time of day ..
6 am when I can walk away from
the lab and go home..yessss.

The Empress said...

I love early mornings for that very reason, "the unopened gift of the day." You have so much hope for what you can get done that day...it really does feel like a gift.

Green Monkey said...

I have learned to love the mornings
especially because of the birds. they are very busy in the morning.

what will the sun let fall????

new beginnings, power of thought, owning our actions

the sun ignites from within

carma said...

I personally hate mornings, but don't let that cut into your joy ;-)