Getting Up Early in the Morning?

Sunrise in the Berkshires

I know lots of people who do, but I don’t. (Normally, that is. This photo is an anomaly.) The warm shelter of the quilt is too cozy, my body insists on just a few more minutes — and then a few more, and a few more. But those stalwart folk who rule their bodies with an iron will, rise and go outdoors and reap rewards I know nothing about. One of them is definitely the poet William Stafford:

Any Morning

Just lying on the couch and being happy.
Only humming a little, the quiet sound in the head.
Trouble is busy elsewhere at the moment, it has
so much to do in the world.

People who might judge are mostly asleep; they can’t
monitor you all the time, and sometimes they forget.
When dawn flows over the hedge you can
get up and act busy.

Little corners like this, pieces of Heaven
left lying around, can be picked up and saved.
People won’t even see that you have them,
they are so light and easy to hide.

Later in the day you can act like the others.
You can shake your head. You can frown.

(“Any Morning” by William Stafford from The Way It Is. Β© Graywolf Press, 1999.)

That final couplet is so persuasive I almost think that tomorrow morning I may arise early — in quest of pieces of Heaven —

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40 Responses to Getting Up Early in the Morning?

  1. Anonymous says:

    Pieces of Heaven left lying around?? Such a lovely way to view the world.


  2. I may join you (your time :))


  3. Claudia Shuster says:

    Just lovely. And what a sensitive photo! I love it! Claudia


    • Touch2Touch says:

      You recognize the scenery!
      Really a neat poem — and what I didn’t know about Stafford is that he’s the father of an absolutely extraordinary essayist named Kim Stafford —
      a very talented father-and-son duo. Thanks for commenting, Claudia!
      Love from the east —


  4. Pauline says:

    My favorite hours are dawn and dusk. The silence, the serenity, the pause, the holding of breath… love the image of little pieces of heaven hanging about. That’s it, exactly!


  5. Lucid Gypsy says:

    I’m an early riser,I don’t do very much just enjoy the stillness. Yes you should give it a try!


  6. Sonel says:

    Beautiful poem indeed T2T. My favourite part of the day is mornings as well. Thanks for sharing. πŸ˜€ *hugs*


  7. If I wake up past 6, I feel as if I have lost the day! That beautiful expanse of time just before dawn, just before the world wakes up, just before there are expectations – ahhhh, my favorite!


  8. I love “little pieces of Heaven left lying around” and “Later in the day you can act like the others.
    You can shake your head. You can frown.” Wonderful stuff here!


  9. Patti Kuche says:

    I wish my iron will functioned better than my body clock which always seems to have me up far earlier most days. Having said that, the cone of silence in those early hours is divine. You enjoy your extra hours under the duvet!


  10. “.. pieces of Heaven left lying around” – LOVE this! πŸ™‚ I sleep late but am an early riser because I love the quiet of the early hours, and it feels like I have the world to myself. Great photo and poem.


  11. suitablefish says:

    Another lovely poem by William Stafford. He’s one of my very favorite poets. And my inspiration, always, to get up early and get to writing, but I hardly ever do it! Maybe you’ll inspire me!!


    • Touch2Touch says:

      The blind leading the blind, I think. πŸ˜‰
      For some reason it makes me think of the line from English author Jerome K. Jerome: I love work; it fascinates me; I can sit and watch it for hours.
      P.S. I think you would LOVE some of the essays by Stafford’s son, Kim Stafford. Check him out on google.


      • suitablefish says:

        You’re right, I took a class from him when I first started writing. He’s a thoughtful, intuitive, and generous teacher, as well, of course, a great writer. I haven’t looked at what his latest book is; I’ll check it out.


  12. Reblogged this on Shied Camouflage and commented:
    From snooze-button addict to morning person.


  13. rebekah says:

    Gorgeous image! I usually wake up early, and get up as soon as I awake. It wasn’t always that way. I love the light, those few minutes before the sun comes up, and I used to go out to the park and take pictures.


    • Touch2Touch says:

      You certainly are out there with the vast majority of my blogging friends.
      You guys see something I don’t, and have more self-discipline than I can muster up so early in the a.m.
      (I do like the quiet, though.)


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