Imagine you wake up with a second chance


Imagine you wake up
with a second chance:
The blue jay hawks his pretty wares
and the oak still stands,
spreading glorious shade.
If you don’t look back,
the future never happens.
How good to rise in sunlight,
in the prodigal smell of biscuits –
eggs and sausage on the grill.
The whole sky is yours
to write on, blown open to a blank page.
Come on, shake a leg!
You’ll never know who’s down there,
frying those eggs,
if you don’t get up and see.

– Rita Dove, “Dawn Revisited” from On the Bus With Rosa Parks.

Credits: Poem – Schonwieder via literarymiscellanyImage: Marc Gutierrez via Mennyfox55


  1. wake up..the smell is pungently near
    wake is a work no fear
    wake up…or you will miss it today…yep.. King Lear

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  2. each day –

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  3. Awesome words for the first day of the month, the cusp of a new year! I love this so much!

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  4. The seductive smell of possibility…dig in!

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  5. Every single day. A new chance. ❤️

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  6. A second chance to eat sausage and egg for breakfast! Boy does that smell good 😊

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  7. I like to imagine and I like the piece by Rita Dove…”If you don’t look back, the future never happens”…….Days of change, days of normalcy, days of laughter, days carefree, days of adventure, days of responsibly, days of difficulty, days of loneliness, days of love, days of rejection, days of acceptance, days of hunger, days of satiety, days of limitations, days of freedom, days of thirst, days of refreshment, days of weakness, days of guilt, days of forgiveness, days of reconciliation, days of strength, days laced with Sorrow, days brimming with Joy…Each day is a gift…we learn from them all, we build on the past lessons and we learn that we must make choices…a second chance to right a wrong, a second chance to feel a love lost, a second chance to see with our eyes, feel with our heart and expand our Soul…. such deep memories and emotions… .what we must do…we must moment by moment make choices and we must Engage and Embrace the Challenges that are Gifts in our lives….and when we get a second chance we are fortunate…be courageous and move forward….Have Hope, Be Grateful, Give of Yourself, Experience Joy and Extend Love…Life takes Effort.

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  8. oh, passion and compassion is a must, too…

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  9. as is slowign down to listen…

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