#SOL20: Passage of Time

At 5:30 the first song is heard.

Within two minutes a responding chorus begins.

Within five minutes single voices are no longer heard above the cacophony.

No light on the horizon.

Slowly he dark sky fades to gray.

The wind chime begins its daily chant.

Squirrels race up the maple tree.

Chattering as they scamper

 From limb to limb and from tree to tree.

The aroma of coffee fills the air

The sun rises above the horizon

The new light shines in the windows

Time to explore.

Time to learn.

Time to begin again.

Chris Doyle has been the strength and conditioning coach at the University of Iowa for the past 22 years. Check out his “Best Practices” wisdom in this tweet.

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What personal “best practices” are keeping you “afloat” at this time? 

What routines are you noticing? 

Do you wake up before the sun?





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5 responses

  1. Being an early bird I appreciate and agree with the coach’s advice. I am usually writing in the morning!

    1. Christine,
      Doyle’s advice was a validation of my own reasons that I also appreciate and agree with! Thanks for reading and commenting!

  2. I do get up early, mainly because of coach’s #2!
    I like how your poem includes all the morning movements inside and outside!

    1. Sally,
      The solitude for reflection and reading or writing . . . Yes, the “me time”. Thanks for reading and commenting. (Left out the roaring of farming implements as I listened this morning for accuracy!)

  3. I no longer get up as early as I did when I was working (4:30 then and 6:30 now). I do enjoy the morning watching and hearing the world come alive. I always believed the the early morning chirping was the birds discussing their plans for the coming day. In the evening they would get together again to discuss what they had accomplished.

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