Morning People

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All my life
I’ve been enthralled
by the magic 
and the mystique
of morning people

Morning people
with their exercise 
and croissant
with their coffee cups
and yoga

Morning people
with their dew-kissed lawns
mythic sunrises
and shop shutters still rattling open
as they arrive to get a paper

Morning people
who wake, rise and stretch
without the solar flare of daylight
smashing through their window
and kicking them out of bed

Morning people
with their quiet trains
stark pavements and carless streets
Playing table tennis in the park
and walking dogs

Morning people
Stopping by to pick morning them up
and they’ve already been for a swim
where do they find the time
where did they get this whim

Morning people
with all those extra hours
make a mockery of me
an afternoon person
a dusk person, a night person

Morning people 
they’re an enigma, a puzzle
a code I wish to crack
The morning people in my family
well, I wonder where they got that

At times, I’ve been an interloper
slack-jawed and squinting 
at 4am in an airport bar
nursing a pint of beer
gaining the wings to fly

I always assumed
I’d join the club some day
but I’m still a night person
toiling beneath the stars
and sense I may always be…



◄ The Sunlit Ocean

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Fri 7th Oct 2022 11:09

Bryony, you have my awe and admiration 😃 Thanks for reading.
Thanks John too.
And MC, we should all give thanks and praise to Terry for his services to the dawn. 😃

Thanks for reading all.

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Bryony Partridge

Fri 7th Oct 2022 10:52

Enjoyed this Tom, as one of those self-confessed morning people myself 🙃

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John Marks

Thu 6th Oct 2022 19:59

Like you Tom, there's something of the night about me. As a boy, I used to envy my dad's ability to rise at 5am come rain or come shine. It was only much later that I realised this was a 'habit' forced on him in the orphanage where he was dragged up and, later, by him 10 years in the navy.

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M.C. Newberry

Fri 30th Sep 2022 17:05

When you've pursued a working life that sees constant changes
in work patterns, then in retirement, the clock becomes irrelevant
and I am happy to know that there are the Terry Wogans of this world waiting to entertain me when I feel the need to tune into
this wider 24/7 existence that the world at large now pursues..

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Tue 27th Sep 2022 11:23

Thanks Greg, Graham, Stephen, John and Martin for the comments. It truly has always been another world for me too - but I'm happy with the nightshift of life for now...

Thanks also to Nigel, Frederick, Julie, Stephen, Holden, K Lynn and Flyntland for reading this one and the 'likes'. It's always appreciated! 😃

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Martin Elder

Mon 26th Sep 2022 12:29

yes, I could never fathom the depths of these morning people. I was never a great fan of terry Wogan for this very reason. I had nothing against him as a fellow citizen. But not all that chirpiness first thing in the morning.
though with many others I do have to get up at least once in the early morning to answer the call of nature struggling to get back to sleep. As has been already stated its and age thing.

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John Coopey

Sun 25th Sep 2022 11:07

A glimpse into an alien world for me, Tom.

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Stephen Gospage

Sat 24th Sep 2022 14:53

I think you are on to something here, Tom. The emptyness and strange freedom of early morning is very special, although in my case the temptation to lie in is always there!

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Graham Sherwood

Sat 24th Sep 2022 08:51

Greg’s right! I’m seventy-one next month and have turned into both a Lark and a Nightowl!

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Greg Freeman

Sat 24th Sep 2022 08:02

It was technically morning when you posted this, Tom! I'm one of those 'can't sleep' people. Happens more often as you get older ...

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