Wednesday, January 31, 2007

State of the morning


It's the last day of January. It's cold. The kind of cold that stifles motors and renders batteries useless. The moon is hanging low in the western sky outside my office window. I can almost see it moving as it descends. Soon it will be below the horizon. It seems to get bigger as it descends, but I know this is the magnifying effect of the atmosphere. It's rather magical all the same. I'm watching the first bus of the route leave. I think about how I will be on that bus Friday morning. The streets are quiet. In a couple of hours the street will be bumper to bumper traffic leading toward downtown. For now, the only sounds I hear are the clicking of the typing on the key pad and the fan whir of the computer. The coffee, freshly brewed, fills the house with a chewy aroma, and is robust as it slides down my throat. Spouse is sleeping on the couch, and Sara is sleeping on her doggie bed. Spouse is not sleeping on the couch because of some marital discord, no, this is his normal falling asleep place at least three times per week. The sun will not arrive for another hour or so, and then I will stand in the kitchen watching the sky as it hues orange, then pink, then powder blue. It is then I will prepare my bagel and cream cheese. I love this time of day, enjoying it solitarily, grateful, peaceful.

Later we have the eviction hearing before the judge. But there's no stress (I slept like a log last night - whoopee!) because no matter what happens, there will be another morning, another sunrise, another solitary routine. The moon will continue to set just as surely as the sun will rise. And I am comforted.

23 comments:

Lemuel said...

Man! That was an awesome post! Most beautifully written!

Snooze said...

What a nice post to wake up to.

toobusyliving said...

I woke-up pretty earlt this morning and decided to try a new thing - beginning my day with a 40 minute mediatation. I was kinda scared that I would just fall back asleep but it was great - and now I'm ready to make coffee and start my day.

St. Dickeybird said...

Wow. Now I'm relaxed!
Thanks

Timmy said...

what a great attitude to have! I need to take a lesson!

Art said...

Very nice post! All of my senses were touched. Good luck at the hearing.

Chris said...

Great picture. That sky reminds me of the scene in Close Encounters just before the little boy is abducted by aliens. Scared the shit outta me when I was little.

Good luck today!

dbv said...

that's nice, but still look both ways when you cross the street and make sure you have on clean underwear when you go out... you don't wanna be hit by a bus while wearing dirty underwear!!! especially on such a pretty day!!! lol

Kevin said...

What a beautiful and eloquent post. Bravo.

Chunks said...

Your spouse and my spouse are both couch-faller-asleeper-oners. I used to take it personally but now I realize it's just where he feels the most comfortable. C'est la vie!

And what a lovely vie it is!

Jason said...

What a great mental image.

bardelf said...

I have heard that sunrises can be magnificent and I know that sunsets can be. (I've never been a 'morning person', you know.)
Thanks for sharing that breathtaking photo.

Cooper said...

You in your big city and I in my small one live strangely parallel lives at times. Your pre-sunrise moments mirror mine ... bar the sleeping spouse, although that would be nice. I love that hushed hour before my world awakens. And you're right ... these mornings, these sunrises in every nuance will always be yours.

Dirk Mancuso said...

Beautiful post.

Good luck at the eviction hearing.

Kalvin said...

My spouse would kill me if I let him sleep on the couch. I suppose I'm the designated spouse's keeper. I love the idea of a chewy coffe aroma. And it's fun in my opinion to think about the atmosphere in its sentimental aspects as well as the physical.

mainja said...

i can't imagine being able to successfully wake up that early...

what time do you got to bed at night?

Patricia said...

yeah that's awfully chipper for so early. is there a shot of bailey's in that coffee or something?

seriously, your attitude is wonderful. and i believe that's more than half the battle, right there.

madamerouge said...

I wish I was a morning person. It is a beautiful time of day.

Daniel, the Guy in the Desert said...

lovely

Enemy of the Republic said...

Oh, Tornwordo, I missed you. My fault--I got busy. But you are a joy to read and this is especially lovely. I can't put it into words, but you should be cloned--you are such a peaceful man. America's loss!

Bye bye, loser tenant!

Em said...

This is so beautifully written. Thank you for posting it.

Steven said...

I am shocked how well that was written at such an ungodly hour.

I'm don't get lucid until 9 a.m.

dawn said...

Geez, that is beautiful. Makes me want to get out of bed before noon. Almost.

No one ever writes that beautifully about lunchtime.