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A Morning Story
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Robert K. Johnson


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After a good night's sleep,
your mind awakes alert,
but when you get up, your legs
lag behind, still muscle-tired.
So you shuffle into the kitchen

and discover the patio
is quietly full of life.
A chubby mourning dove
leads your eyes to watch
its waddling search for seeds

left over from yesterday's sprinkling.
Nearby is the dove's loyal mate.
A stout blue jay commands
the row of bricks beneath it.
A chipmunk, minding its own business,

nibbles in a far corner.
A moment later, the doves
pause, lift their fat necks
toward where you stand; and say,
"Come join us."


by Robert K. Johnson.
Used with the author's permission.




Robert K. Johnson writes poems about our everyday world, which, he says, “has always gripped me much more than science-fiction worlds.” A former English professor at Suffolk University in Boston, he was the poetry editor for Ibbetson Street magazine for several years. Robert is the author of four collections; he lives in a suburb near Boston.

 


Post New Comment:
Lori Levy:
Love how the patio is so full of life.
Posted 01/10/2023 11:24 AM
Sharon Waller Knutson:
i love this delightful uplifting poems about a party on the patio with wildlife. I also love how the poet powered the poem with active verbs: awakes, lags, shuffle, etc. Favorite line: A moment later, the doves pause, lift their fat necks toward where you stand; and say, "Come join us."
Posted 01/10/2023 10:29 AM
Wilda Morris:
An inviting poem!
Posted 01/10/2023 09:00 AM
Joan Luther:
What a lovely invitation into the morning!
Posted 01/10/2023 06:15 AM


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