Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Morning Routine in Verse

4:24 am 

Wake up.

Feed foster kittens.

Clean litter box.

Make coffee.

Start laundry. Iron.

Shower. Dress. Groom.

Pack for school.

Journal. Pray. Meditate.


Call Mom.

Chit. Chat. Chit. Chat. Cheep, cheep, cheep.

Add brother.

Chit. Chat. Chit. Chat. 

Watch kittens play.

Message husband.

Pump tires.

Herd kittens.

Change water.

Pack saddlebags.






                    c     o     a     s     t

down hill

        ring the bell, ring the bell

    down hill

               stay to the left, left, left

        down hill

                 bump across the grate, the stick, the groove in the walk

                 c     o     a     s     t

Take the corner.

Peddle, peddle, peddle

STOP at the street

Go. Peddle.



Walk up the drive into another school day.

6:50 am

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  1. Dear Lee Ann,

    I saw the word "verse" on the previous page and couldn't double click soon enough. I had no idea you'd also provide a visual playground with the eye-catching aesthetics of your poetic form. I enjoyed it before my eyes could even finish reading the content, and after doing so, it was apparent that your craft is of tantamount beauty and coveted acuity.

    You deftly captured the intensity of your day and showed your skill is not only in packing an abundant amount of energy into your brief morning hours, but a notable amount of literary genius in your thoughtfully selected words. I loved the recollection of your early routine and felt your bike ride was analogous to the ebbs and flows of your morning.

    You've given me many ideas with this work. Thank you so much for sharing your gifts and talents. It was remarkably done!

    ~Carla Michelle

  2. What a busy early morning! I love how your crafted this using white space. That isn't always easy on a computer! I enjoyed "spending time" with you this morning.

  3. Wow, Lee Anne that is a huge list of morning actions before you even enter the classroom. It is great to read one of your slices again.

  4. Lee Anne,
    I’m exhausted! Whew, you put in a full day before your work day begins. I feel the fast pace of your life in this poem. It’s visually stunning, too.

  5. Goodness gracious! You get more accomplished by 7 a.m. than some people do in a day!

    I appreciated the description of your early morning routine as a poem. I don't think it would have had the same impact if you'd written it as prose.