When Morning Comes

  • When Morning Comes
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  • like the old quail in spring;
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  • When morning comes and shakes all the dew drops from his 
  • cloak
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  • to greet me, and undoes his heavy coat buttons;
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  • When morning comes
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  • like the twirling grape-vine
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  • When morning comes
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  • like a warm ache between your ribs,
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  •  I want to smell the thawing air, with no weight on my chest,
  • wondering:
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  • what is this bright new gift, that he brings me?
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  • And therefore I look to each filtered beam of light,
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  • each root bound clay clump,
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  • as a reunited family,
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  • And I look upon falling night skies as no more than an outward breath,
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  • and I consider the crawling rise of light as another possibility,
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  • and I think of each night as a blossom, as patient
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  • as the apple tree, and as isolated,
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  • and each shade such an easy quiet to the ears,
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  • leaning, as every silence does, to the birth of sound,
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  • and each blinded creature a body stilled, and something
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  • Inaudibly needed by the earth.
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  • When it’s over, I want to say all through the 
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  • night,
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  • I was the moon shining with hope,
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  • I was the sun, blazing out my announcement. 
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  • When it’s over, I don’t want to wonder
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  • if I have made of the day something worthwhile, or right.
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  • I don’t want to find myself bitter and with regret
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  • or with any protest to shut my eyes.
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  • I don’t want to end up simply having seen the day. 

  

This poem is about: 
Me
My community
Our world

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