Monday Morning Wake-Up Call

You tell me to live each day
as if it were my last. This is in the kitchen
where before coffee I complain
of the day ahead – that obstacle race
of minutes and hours,
grocery stores and doctors.

But why the last? I ask. Why not
live each day as if it were the first –
all raw astonishment, Eve rubbing
her eyes awake that first morning,
the sun coming up
like an ingénue in the east?

You grind the coffee
with the small roar of a mind
trying to clear itself. I set
the table, glance out the window
where dew has baptized every
living surface.

Linda Pastan, “Imaginary Conversation” from Insomnia: Poems


Notes: Poem – Thank you Whiskey River. Photo: (via Your Eyes Blaze Out)


  1. Wake up with wonder …

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  2. Live each day as if it were the first. I like that!

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  3. I am charmed by this…and will embrace the day accordingly. 🙂 Thx for kicking off my week thusly, pal….

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  4. How come I never thought of that? To live each day as if it’s the first!

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  5. and so we begin again. each day.

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  6. How true. Why does living each day as if it were our last make us try harder? Kind of oxymoronish when you think of it..

    I think I shall have to print this poem in large font and put it where I can read it every morning. (The large font meaning I don’t need to put my glasses on before 😉 )

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  7. Oh yes, yes, ja…..

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  8. I live my life one day at a time, just going with the flow of life

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  9. I’ve just copied that whole poem and ask HH to print it out at work – is cheaper than etching it on the forehead too! 😉

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