Tuesday Morning Wake-Up Call


I got out of bed
on two strong legs.
It might have been
otherwise. I ate
cereal, sweet
milk, ripe, flawless
peach. It might
have been otherwise.
I took the dog uphill
to the birch wood.
All morning I did
the work I love.

~ Jane Kenyon, from “Otherwise in Collected Poems. The poem was written shortly before Kenyon died of leukemia at age 47.


Photo: Christopher Gould


  1. Recognizing that I wake on two strong legs, walk the Sirs and see the sky…it is bounty upon which I start my day. Oh, and reading your morning post too, of course ☺

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  2. gratitude for such a lovely way to begin

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  3. And instantly one remembers what’s truly important… Thanks, pal….

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  4. Perfect! So much to be grateful for if only we took a minute to think about it. Thanks!!

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  5. “it might have been otherwise”…an inspired reminder. 💘

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  6. oh, love this!

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  7. Lovely post David. My greatfulness starts when I open my eyes every morning. I lay there and say, hey, I’m still here. Yay. :o)

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  8. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for the thoughtful poem, Darlene. Now I’m older, I never leap out of bed: I sidle (like a crab) and then I “reassemble myself.” Then I pinch myself and say “Thank you” to Mother Nature for giving me another day and for my many blessings.

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  9. What a grand start to the working day! Cornflakes and peaches take me back 😃

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  10. We often waste time looking for the brass ring around the next blind turn. When all along we had it, but simply did not appreciate it. Hold on tight to the comfort of routine. All too soon it will be no more.

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  11. Oh…… so lovely, Dave. Our (read, my) goal – to recognize how extraordinary the ordinary moments are and to live in that in gratitude. Beautiful.

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