Morning’s Call

These wake up calls –
robin to spring
cardinal to day –
are as angels in my ear.

These songs catch
me unaware.
While deep in sleep
they play my soul
like dough in hand.

These choristers are
to me angelic bread makers.
These late night early morning
fowl yeast and knead me
for dawn’s baking.

They have been heard
and now I rise.


8 thoughts on “Morning’s Call

  1. shoreacres says:

    Ah, but I know a certain devilish mockingbird whom I’d happily consign to silence — at least until 5 a.m. or so. The dear thing begins about 3:30 a.m. or just a bit later, and can be loud enough to penetrate closed windows. It is a lovely song, and the mocker can easily cover your cardinal, the blue jay, and even the mallard duck. But I don’t believe he knows the robin’s song — we don’t have those here, to enlarge his repertoire.

    There is nothing as pleasant as waking to bird song, though — even at an unholy hour, they do seem at least a bit angelic!

    • agjorgenson says:

      What? No robins? You are missing one of spring’s joys! Today while walking home, I was moving through a cemetery and a poppa robin was trying to get me to chase him. I guess I was a bit too close to the nest? At home we have a nest being readied by our bedroom window, and so I think momma is trying to sing her eggs out. Our treat! But I know your feeling. Every now and then we get a murder of crows coming by and keeping it real…

  2. diannegray says:

    Beautiful, Allen 🙂

    We have a bird here that mimics sounds and has now adapted it’s call to my hubby’s alarm clock. I find it really funny, particularly on the weekends (hubby doesn’t think it’s funny at all) 😉

  3. Grace Saabas says:

    Montreal weather is still brisk! Our birds are saving their voices in hopes of warmer weatGFraceher

  4. dianerivers says:

    I never get tired of the cardinal’s song, even though he does start no later than 5 am these days. Someone told me cardinals are good luck so when I see or hear him, I choose to assume good things are ahead for the day. What an enjoyable piece – thanks!

    • agjorgenson says:

      5:00 am is early, but it is the kind of wake up that also lulls me back to sleep. I’m glad to hear of the good luck story! I’ll keep that in mind!!

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