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I Have Another Day
Tere Sievers

Hallelujah! The sun is up!
Still in bed, I lift my head
see the pale light brighten
the space between the shades,
hear backyard birds chatter,
smell coffee in the kitchen.
Water runs hot for a shower
a heater cures the early chill,
my favorite jeans still fit 
my heart beats steady in my chest.
You walk by, sleepy in your robe 
to fetch the morning paper.
I have never loved you more.


© by Tere Sievers.
Used with the author’s permission.



Tere Sievers, originally a Jersey Girl, now lives in Long Beach, California with her husband, Ron, and four chickens: Fifi, Betty, Mildred, and Hawk. She’s the author of a children’s book, Blueberry Pancakes and Monkey Pajamas, written to celebrate her grandchildren, and a poetry chapbook, Striking Distance, published by Arroyo Seco Press. Tere teaches at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at California State University, Long Beach.



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barbara eknoian:
I'm with you Tere with the very first line. Makes us stop and think about our blessings.
Posted 12/03/2016 09:27 PM
As the writer of the poem which followed a day later it was very gratifying to see how we humans settle on the same small pleasures which illuminate our lives. Bravo!
Posted 11/30/2016 07:56 PM
This about says it all at my age! Thank you, Tere.
Posted 11/29/2016 05:32 PM
Lori Levy:
Great reminder of what to appreciate!
Posted 11/29/2016 10:23 AM
Love the simplicity of the language coupled with the profundity of the message.
Posted 11/29/2016 09:33 AM
Posted 11/29/2016 08:47 AM
Enjoyed the wake-up with the simple yet powerful awareness present of Gratitude. Thanks, Tere.
Posted 11/29/2016 08:24 AM
Wilda Morris:
A lovely way to start the day! Thanks!
Posted 11/29/2016 08:05 AM
Tere, Thank you for this positive beginning to my day--giving thanks for these common things--things too often forgotten.
Posted 11/29/2016 07:41 AM

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