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Morning Ritual
Elaine Sorrentino


Each day starts in the open air:
steaming coffee, mug in hand,
spouse across the table.
We drink in summerís pull,
the gentle ripple of the creek,
the fresh aroma of newly shorn grass,

rich sparkling dew on the lawn,
like a soft carpet of diamonds
inviting our shoeless feet to indulge

the subtle changing of seasons,
the sun's slow western move
earlier each day

as the sultry season buzzes by †
like Motor Maids on bikes
or bees staking their claim at the feeder.

In these quiet moments,
we cherish all that is sacred in our lives,
giving thanks before diving into the daily grind.

© by Elaine Sorrentino.
Used here with the authorís permission.

Elaine Sorrentino is a Communications Director by day, but a poet by night--finding inspiration in everyday things such as goats, cows, and Shetland ponies that wander into her yard. She says she is often most inspired at the least opportune moments: putting on makeup, driving to work, preparing for a dinner party, etc.† Elaine, who lives next to a farm in Pembroke, Massachusetts, tries to keep a notebook handy at all times, but has been known to text herself a line or two in the middle of the night.

Post New Comment:
Lori Levy:
Beautifully expressed "quiet moments."
Posted 09/21/2023 03:22 PM
what lovely writing. i really appreciated the repeating "s" sound ("sparkling", "sun's slow", "sultry season"), which made the whole poem very soothing, almost musical, to read.
Posted 09/21/2023 02:25 PM
liz dolan:
Yes great images.
Posted 09/21/2023 01:14 PM
Sharon Waller Knutson:
I like the way this poem flows fluidly like the coffee, creek, lawn, seasons. It's very meditative and sensory. I can see, feel and taste this poem.
Posted 09/21/2023 12:52 PM
To David: And don't forget the word "grind" that ends the poem! A lovely poem capturing an enviable morning routine...
Posted 09/21/2023 12:45 PM
An excellent poem skillfully crafted. I much appreciated the co-mingling (probably not the right word) of sensory images drink in and aroma after the reference to coffee, etc.
Posted 09/21/2023 11:56 AM
Thank you for the lovely reminder of joy and gratitude in our daily lives! What gorgeous imagery!
Posted 09/21/2023 11:41 AM
And why not begin each day looking for and celebrating the beautiful images in our lives? Thank you for the poem and the reminder.
Posted 09/21/2023 10:37 AM
Wilda Morris:
If we live in gratitude, we are happier and more fulfilled. And kinder, too! All that is sacred. Yes!
Posted 09/21/2023 09:05 AM
Your poem reminded me to cherish my own morning ritual. Thank you.
Posted 09/21/2023 08:14 AM
Larry Schug:
Rituals are important as we"cherish all this is sacred"'
Posted 09/21/2023 07:48 AM

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