I wake up first. Our pattern for the past forty-six years. Turning my head, I see the love of my life. He sleeps, small puffs of air escaping from his lips. I smile recalling early days when he rocked our children, sang softly and soothed them into their dreams. His beard is white now. His hair more sparse than when the alarm clock jarred us into busy career filled days. I am content. I know we will soon be talking, laughing and loving, thankful for this day.

sun rises indolently
touching cloud puffs with rising blush
a new day to love


Written for Haibun Monday at dVerse, a virtual pub for poets, where Grace asks us to write about an ordinary moment in our day, challenging us to find the “extra” in that moment.  A haibun is a paragraph of prose, written in the first person and is a true personal narrative; followed by a haiku that is complementary. Photo from Provincetown, MA.

30 thoughts on “Morning

  1. Björn Rudberg (brudberg) October 4, 2016 / 10:13 am

    What a moment… I really like the habit that still a unique moment of solitude together. I wake first at home so I shall remember this…

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    • lillian October 4, 2016 / 10:48 am

      Somehow, after all these years, I do just love to gaze at him every morning….just for a few moments before I rise. It is a quiet moment of love that he is not even aware of but it starts my every day 🙂


  2. whimsygizmo October 4, 2016 / 10:28 am

    Yesssssss. This is perfection. I imagine these moments in my empty-nest future, Lill. So lovely.

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    • lillian October 4, 2016 / 10:48 am

      They are precious moments indeed!


    • lillian October 4, 2016 / 12:33 pm

      It is…you’re right. The experience of bliss each morning before rising to start the day. That’s a good thing 🙂

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  3. Grace October 4, 2016 / 11:48 am

    And such a beautiful morning it is to share this blessed day with your loved one ~ And a stunning photo as well ~ Thanks Lillian ~

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  4. Kay October 4, 2016 / 12:12 pm

    Peace and contentment….what gifts they are. This is lovelyx💜

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    • lillian October 4, 2016 / 12:35 pm

      A moment of serenity — the perfect start to a day 🙂

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      • Kay October 4, 2016 / 1:31 pm

        Yes! I savor those now, but I look forward to the days when the pull of responsibility shifts.

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  5. paulscribbles October 4, 2016 / 1:43 pm

    Beautiful sentiment carried deeper into my soul in it’s 46 year making…soothing like a really, really, old single malt 😉

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    • lillian October 4, 2016 / 2:24 pm

      🙂 it truly is — especially in these quiet moments….

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  6. Stacy Mar October 4, 2016 / 2:41 pm

    love how you two seem to still be in love. and the familiar daily regiment that you are thankful for nonetheless. very still, true moment captured here.

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    • lillian October 4, 2016 / 2:44 pm

      He was, and still is, the love of my life. As we grow older, we sense how fortunate we are — to have each other, our family, and another day to celebrate life together.


  7. Sanaa Rizvi October 4, 2016 / 2:59 pm

    This is by far my favorite haibun 😀 its sweet, thoughtful and oh so romantic!! ❤️ Beautifully penned.

    Lots of love,

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    • lillian October 4, 2016 / 3:09 pm

      You are too sweet, my friend! Blushing I am.


  8. ZQ October 4, 2016 / 7:31 pm



  9. Bodhirose October 4, 2016 / 9:31 pm

    How sweet to be in love for all that time…to the same person! Lovely, Lillian.


  10. Mish October 5, 2016 / 2:23 am

    This is heart warming. I like the connections of past and present, reflections and admiration for your soul mate.


  11. kaykuala (@hankkaykuala) October 5, 2016 / 12:42 pm

    So reassuring to be waking up all these years to wonderful moments of loving feelings. It is a most privileged feeling that many crave for but perhaps missing the fun



  12. lynn__ October 6, 2016 / 8:55 am

    Thank you, Lillian, for sharing this precious view of married love…and the gorgeous photo!

    Liked by 1 person

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