You have to want to wake
at this hour.
You cannot argue
with that moment
when you could easily sink
back into dreams;
no discussion.
You just get up.
Switch on minimal light
in each space you pass,
to allow your attention
to the morning
and not the mess.
You put on the kettle
for coffee or tea.
You feed the cats and
pause at the window
when the newspaper gets delivered
across the street.
Then you open the front door
and step onto the porch.
You hear early commuters
warming their cars
and cat fights.
The five o’clock train
pulls into the station
and the water’s ready.

~ Megan M. Codera

*NaPoWriMo poem prompt for Day 19: “Many years ago, ‘didactic’ poetry was very common – in other words, poetry that explicitly sought to instruct the reader in some kind of skill or knowledge, whether moral, philosophical, or practical. Today, I’d like to challenge you to write the latter kind of ‘how to’ poem – a didactic poem that focuses on a practical skill.”

2 thoughts on “Possibilities 

  1. Thank you for allowing me a glimpse into your mornings. I’ll admit I’ve often thought about you and your willpower to get up and write…or run…and felt a twinge of envy for your perseverance, for the importance of what you need to wake up and do. (“You have to want to wake at this hour…”) ❤

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    1. Thanks for reading!! 🙂 Yes, people often look at me like I’m crazy to wake at five everyday, even on the weekends. But I want to do things for myself I know I can do at that hour. It’s not for everyone, I know, you have to want something that only that time can give…I also know a certain fisherman who struggles to wake before nine, but will leave for the river at three in the morning without hesitation 😉


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