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At My Desk, Beside the Window
Lauren McBride

"An hour lost in the morning is chased all day."
                                             ~Variation of a Yiddish proverb
Voluntarily waking to an
alarm clock at this hour?

You might think I've lost

my mind; except in

the dark, pre-dawn stillness, the

alluring quiet of morning,

I can work, uninterrupted. This is

my favorite time, sleep chased

away by coffee, night yielding to dawn, all

colors of sunrise vying to announce the day.                 

This poem first appeared in Songs of Eretz (June 13, 2017).
Used here with the author’s permission.




Lauren McBride finds inspiration in faith, family, nature, science and membership in the Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association (SFPA). Nominated for various awards, her work has appeared in dozens of speculative, nature and children's publications. She lives in Texas where she enjoys swimming, gardening, baking, reading, writing and knitting scarves for troops.




Post New Comment:
This is an interesting concept for poetry. I had not encountered it before today. I may just try one for a contest that I am entering. Nice meter too.
Posted 04/05/2019 12:13 PM
michael escoubas:
Nice Golden Shovel, Lauren. I too, like that seam of time, not totally dark, not all the way light. You've captured something special with this piece.
Posted 04/05/2019 10:09 AM
Wow, very cool! Well done.
Posted 04/05/2019 09:59 AM
This piqued my interest and I Googled Golden Shovel. Turns out the original "Golden Shovel" was a poem by that name by Terrence Hayes. Much darker than today's Poetry Month offering. It's based on the poem We Real Cool by Gwendolyn Brooks, which I remember. I looked it up and it was written in 1959! I'm shocked that it is that old! Could have been written today. Terrence's take on it in The Golden Shovel is also interesting and well-done but sad...
Posted 04/05/2019 09:29 AM
I got up an hour earlier today to begin the cooking.
Posted 04/05/2019 08:00 AM
Larry Schug:
I hadn't seen this form before. I think I'll give it a try. Thanks. I especially like the last line.
Posted 04/05/2019 07:54 AM
I'm reading this with my lap top and coffee before sunrise. As usual.
Posted 04/05/2019 06:37 AM

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