Why I Wake Early


The seventh print in the Mary Oliver series makes me so happy! This poem is one of my all-time favorite poems. I even had it memorized at one point and still know most of it by heart.

Why I Wake Early

By Mary Oliver

Hello, sun in my face. Hello, you who make the morning and spread it over the fields and into the faces of the tulips and the nodding morning glories, and into the windows of, even, the miserable and crotchety–


best preacher that ever was, dear star, that just happens to be where you are in the universe to keep us from ever-darkness, to ease us with warm touching, to hold us in the great hands of light– good morning, good morning, good morning.

Watch, now, how I start the day in happiness, in kindness.

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