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Janice Lynch Schuster

The westie finds me in my tent
Where I am waiting for dawn
To catch up with me. Low sun
On a far horizon colors
A background sky. Insistent birds
Call for it to rise.
I am watching
For the red tailed hawk to wake
And chase down the clouds.
Mornings like this the whole world
Is possible. Any minute could be
The best you’ve ever had.
You would not believe
a blue bird, iridescent and small,
has perched on a nearby limb.
Just now, my whole family
asleep within the house sighed
and the sun inched
closer to me.
© by Janice Lynch Schuster.
Used with the author’s permission.


Janice Lynch Schuster lives near Annapolis, Maryland, where she is Senior Writer for Altarum Institute, a nonprofit health care research and consulting organization. Author of one poetry chapbook and two non-fiction books, her poetry has appeared in various print and online publications and her articles and op-ed pieces appear frequently in the Washington Post. Janice, a mother of six, says she finds "working out, mastering the body, inspires me to create poetry--mastering the language and the mind. I haven't mastered either yet," she admits, "but I keep trying."


Post New Comment:
Larry Schug:
I also find birds very inspiring. Saying so much with so little! That's poetry! Every minute is the biest minute; it's the only one we have.
Posted 08/05/2012 01:46 PM
beautiful and smart.
Posted 08/05/2012 01:13 PM
Thank you for this uplifting poem. Dotie already said what struck me too. Love the imagery also.
Posted 08/05/2012 10:11 AM
"Any minute could be/ the best you ever had"--what a wonderful concept! Lovely images. Excellent poem!
Posted 08/05/2012 08:07 AM

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