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Monday, November 4, 2013


I woke up 
this morning
to a
and I'm wondering
what wakes

   This morning I awoke to the cock's crow.  For a moment, I didn't know where I was, or what I was doing.  Then I remembered, I'm on the island of Kauai.  There are lots of wild chickens here and so this is how the people here wake up --to a rooster crow.
   Do you know there is a name for a poem that is about greeting the morning?    It is called an aubade.
    When I'm in Tucson, I often wake up to the sound of coyotes singing.  When I was in Vermont, I'd wake up to the sound of snow plows running in the streets.
     So, here is my question for you today.  What wakes you up?  Do you have an alarm clock that goes beep-beep-beep?  Or does Mom or Dad come to wake you from your sleep?  Do you hear the shower in the bathroom, or the pots and pans in the kitchen?
Do you hear the trash trucks rumbling down your street?  What are the sounds you hear when you first wake from your sleep?  Can you write your own aubade today?


  1. Joy,
    There was a time when the garbage trucks at local motels would wake me. I think enough guests complained about the pick up time that garbage pick up is later in the day now.

  2. Gosh, Linda,
    I can remember waking up to the trash trucks too. I'm glad the early pick up in no longer a problem for you.