Sorry to subject you with poetry, but this just came to me as I arose from my nap this afternoon.  I love mornings, and always arise at 4 or 5 to embrace them.  So much different than when a 6 AM alarm was my call when I was working.  I just don’t sleep much in my old age.  Maybe it’s old Ben “There’ll be sleeping enough in the grave”.  Even if I’ve overdone it on the sleep deprivation, there’s the promise of an afternoon nap.  Oh those blessed naps!  But here are my thoughts on the benefits of early arising.

Oh my lord, there’s things I gotta get outta bed.

Oh, but no, that’s where but I wanna lay my head!

Got to say, there’s things I really wanna do.

So my butt I drag, on to all those things to do.

Oh email, so things I just wanna say

Who knows what I wanna write down today?

Amazon, just things I gotta have today.

What else have I left on my screen to see?

News a ‘comin’, just what went down tonight?

Wunderground. Will the weather be alright?

Sports and scores, who won and lost and why?

Then we gotta eat today, freezer’s sayin hey?

Kitchen’s full of last night dishes, wash ‘em up!

Sweetie’s gonna want her cap, warm it up!

Old glory’s waitin’ by the door, put ‘er up!

Neighborhood’s gotta see what side I’m on.

Then comes sunshine, with her smilin’ face

Coming to her cup, in its place.

And suddenly, all is in its place

Cue Dave for Sousa, march apace!

Dave is Dave Wagner, or favorite DJ on WRCJ,, Detroit’s classical music station.  For some time, Dave has featured the “Sousa-alarm”, whereby at 7:15 or so, he plays a John Phillips Sousa march, often by the Detroit Symphony Band, which recorded a multi-CD set of all of them back in the 70s  Dave always follows with vignettes of how the marches came about, which are always entertaining.  If you’re not up and at ‘em by the Sousa-alarm, your arousal is surely in jeopardy!  On to the day we go, energized.  I recommend it heartily.

Published by rike52

I retired from the Rheumatology division of Michigan Medicine end of June '19 after 36 years there. Upon hitting Ann Arbor for the second time (I went to school here) it took me almost 8 months to meet Kathy, 17 months to buy her a house (on Harbal, where we still live), and 37 months to marry her. Kids never came, but we've been blessed with a crowd of colleagues, friends, neighbors and family that continues to grow. Lots of them are going to show up in this log eventually. Stay tuned.

One thought on “mornings

  1. You are a man who is really “into” his retirement & it’s admirable! Enjoying is SO important for your soul & health & you are nailing it !Mrs.Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone


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