Monday Afternoon Wake-Up Call

A day so happy.
Fog lifted early, I worked in the garden.
Hummingbirds were stopping over honeysuckle flowers.
There was no thing on earth I wanted to possess.
I knew no one worth my envying him.
Whatever evil I had suffered, I forgot.
To think that once I was the same man did not embarrass me.
In my body I felt no pain.
When straightening up, I saw the blue sea and sails.

—  Czeslaw Milosz, “Gift” from New and Collected Poems, 1931-2001( Ecco; April 4, 2017)

DK Photo @ 6:15am on October 23, 2022. More photos from yesterday’s morning walk at Cove Island Park here.


  1. It’s almost bedtime 🌙

    Lovely photo, lovelier poem.


  2. Ethereal morning photos — so, two “Gift”s, here. Wonderful.


  3. I just love this post. Beautiful poem and an even more beautiful photo – one of your best!


  4. Time to chill and let go. Embrace the calm that is here. Tomorrow is an other day.


  5. Your capture is so still, it looks like a painting 🖼


  6. What a fine photo and nice quote. Thanks for sharing.
    All the best
    The Fab Four of Cley
    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂


  7. To find the welcome hues hidden behind the somewhat monochromatic meeting of earth and water (so in sync that they could be flipped without issue), reflects on your creative perspective…


  8. niasunset says:

    Photograph is amazing, so beautiful… How richness of nature/earth into the colours… I can’t believe and next day, another day probably you can’t catch the same tones of these moments… And yes, the poet’s wisely expressed words, how great. Thank you dear David, By the way where is your little friend, did your adventure finish with him? We will miss him… Love, nia


  9. Thanks for those most poetic and beautiful words to my ‘going to bed’ on Tuesday evening…. what a treat!

    And did I read this correctly: You win and get a new puppy? Hurray… this will be a day to celebrate. 🎶🙃


  10. That gorgeous photograph made me sad enough to tear up…then I realized that this wonderful poet had died. All so-o sweet! We need that these days.


  11. Such a stunning photograph…Czeslaw Milosz, “Gift” poem is truly a Gift…an experience that has taken me into his garden, his life and his amazing mind…I love the way he described the beauty of his garden and the sea and how He embraced, Eternal Freedom of His Mind, His Heart and Physical Self in a land no longer in War…His Witness was first hand – His thoughts put to paper encompassed, His Individual, Indivisible, Personal History…Within the Turbulent Time Period spanning decades of World History as the backdrop…the backdrop which was also the forefront to the time’s reality…

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  12. Thanks, Dave…I forgot to mention, His ability to Forgive…His Personal Growth Continued /// Interesting how Nature Soothed Him…there is a saying by Dorothy Frances Gurney “…. One is nearer God’s Heart in a garden Than anywhere else on earth.”

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