Mary Oliver’s poems are among my very favorite poems. I think I have most of her poetry books. Among them are The Leaf and the Cloud, American Primitive, House of light and Why I Wake Up Early. I recently wrote a list of reasons of why I wake up early which I cannot say is poetry but interesting and a learning experience for me about myself. People would ask me why I was such an early riser; I get up early even when I am on vacation and now in my retirement. It is habit I guess and I am definitely one of those creatures of habit. But After reading Mary Oliver’s poem Why I Wake up Early, I decided to write down the reasons or excuses I had for waking early. I wont bore you with the details but I will share her poem.
Why I wake up Early by Mary Oliver
Hello, sun in my face.
Hello, you who make the morning
and spread it over the fields
and into the faces of the tulips
and the nodding morning glories,
and into the windows of, even, the
miserable and the crotchety—
best preacher that ever was.
dear star, that just happens
to be where you are in the universe
to keep us from ever-darkness,
to ease us with warm touching,
to hold us in the great hands of light —
good morning, good morning, good morning,
watch, now, how I start the day
in happiness, in kindness.
Please me let me know what you think.