Why I Wake Early

I usually arise quite early in the morning, most often between 4:30 and 5:00 a.m. It is such a peaceful time of day, so alive with quiet blessings. I would rather greet the sun as it rises on a New Year’s morning than see out the old year with revelry and loud song. All happiness to all this New Year!

Hello, sun in my face.
Hello, you who make the morning
and spread it over the fields
and into the faces of the tulips
and the nodding morning glories,
and into the windows of, even, the
miserable and the crotchety—
 
best preacher that ever was,
dear star, that just happens
to be where you are in the universe
to keep us from ever-darkness,
to ease us with warm touching,
to hold us in the great hands of light—
good morning, good morning, good morning.
 
Watch, now, how I start the day
in happiness, in kindness.
 
by Mary Oliver, from New and Selected Poems, Vol. II

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