Thursday, July 4, 2013

this laughter of the morning

Welcome Morning

by Anne Sexton

There is joy
in all:
in the hair I brush each morning,
in the Cannon towel, newly washed,
that I rub my body with each morning,
in the chapel of eggs I cook
each morning,
in the outcry from the kettle
that heats my coffee
each morning,
in the spoon and the chair
that cry "hello there, Anne"
each morning,
in the godhead of the table
that I set my silver, plate, cup upon
each morning.

All this is God,
right here in my pea-green house
each morning
and I mean,
though often forget,
to give thanks,
to faint down by the kitchen table
in a prayer of rejoicing
as the holy birds at the kitchen window
peck into their marriage of seeds.

So while I think of it,
let me paint a thank-you on my palm
for this God, this laughter of the morning,
lest it go unspoken.

The Joy that isn't shared, I've heard,
dies young.

I'm back, dear readers, after a brief and unexpected hiatus. I won't bore you with the details here, but suffice to say the reasons for my short disappearance involved a computer crash, and a diagnosis of Bell's Palsy. I also have the frequently accompanying flu virus for fun. So, this is all temporary and recoverable, and I shall be fine. Meanwhile, I have been learning:  patience, that the beauty of the world carries on, about the compassion and thoughtfulness of friends, about keeping my sense of humour, and about the importance of regularly backing up my hard drive.

Of all my hilarious symptoms, the one that's dragging me down is the inability to close my left eye independently. Photographers will immediately understand this hindrance. The doctor suggested if it gets out of hand I could scotch tape it down. Hasn't yet come to that. Yet. Long bouts on the computer are not recommended.

Meanwhile, these photos I took before the various calamities. Some in morning light, some in evening.


  1. I had missed you...and your thoughts and photos. I wish you "well".

  2. Oh hope you're feeling better today!

  3. Thank you both....still feeling lousy, but well-enough to blog :) This is a slower process than I'd like....xo Shawna

  4. Shawna

    Know that you were missed and I hope that helps. If you can keep a sense of humour - there's always hope.


    1. It does indeed help! Thank you, Pat!

  5. oh goodness Shawna, I just read this. I do hope this abates and very soon. I think I've heard of this before but admittedly it's not something I'm familiar with. I do hope you are managing and that soon you shall be back to your wonderfully calm and intriguing self -- radiant with health.

    1. thanks, Diane! I'm making a bit of headway :) Boy is this teaching me patience....!


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