Sunday Morning

Refresh yourself, sister
With the water from the copper bowl with bits of ice in it –
Open your eyes under water, wash them –
Dry yourself with a rough towel and cast
A glance at a book you love.
In this way begin
A lovely and useful day.

Bertolt Brecht, “Sister” from Do-it-Yourself Brecht Poem Toolkit


Notes: Photo: heather milazzo with Face Washing .  Poem: Thank you Whiskey River.


  1. Breathing a long sigh already, thanks…

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  2. a way to fully wake, though i prefer a more gentle sort of awakening –

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  3. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    Early Sunday morning … read a book you love!!

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  4. this is EXACTLY how I plan to spend my Sunday ~ I woke when I did (no alarm), am enjoying coffee, blogs and soon … new books ,…. Ahhh thank you 🙂 MJ

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  5. sounds beautifully refreshing, but don’t think I could do the underwater with icecubes for my eyes…would be wonderful to dive into a pristine river or lake and wake up that way…

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  7. I could have used this technique this morning after spending most of the day on a sailboat (lucky me) then the evening – till 1 am! at a benefit concert with peeps I went to high school (and the drummer was my prom date, to boot 😉 )
    Was a tad… groggy… this morn!

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  8. You paint a beautiful pic here! We spent the day in Paris from 8am to nr midnight and upon returning I realised that I had left one window open in our guest room….. NOT GOOD but at least refreshing! Shall now spend 2hrs or so on my poor worn out knees and rubbing bee-wax into those 100yrs old wooden parquet! 😉

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  9. OMG….. 🙂
    no, we ‘just’ had a short but huge thunderstorm and the raindrops splattered across the whole room, and managed to spread to a diameter of an incredible 3m in every direction (which is the one thing I cannot understand, how can it rain to 3m BEHIND an open window…. and on our old floorboards?! Grrrrrmpf….
    Tks for that complimenary giggle 🙂 🙂 🙂

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