Early Morning Coffee with Mary Oliver

Photo Credit: David Slotto

I sit in dappled
early morning light
sipping poetry—

Nature simmers beauty,
breathes the freshness
of a flawless new day.

The shadow of a hawk
flutters by,
skims dry-grass-
gold of a near-by hill.

A blackbird nags.
Wrens and finches punctuate
from pendulous branches
of our cherry tree.

A flash of orange
meets orange. Copulates.
Red hot pokers
seduce orioles.

Ample branches
of our Ash
conduct the choir.
I applaud.

Submitted to dVerse Poets’ Pub, Open Link Night.


26 thoughts on “Early Morning Coffee with Mary Oliver

  1. dragonkatet says:

    What a bright and cheery picture you paint! It matches the photo well and gave me a big smile. Thanks for that and for sharing this one with us. 🙂


  2. Jamie Dedes says:

    Sets a lovely mood.

    Your hubby’s photo is perfectly beautiful too and goes well with the poem. Wonderful collaboration.


  3. Poet Laundry says:

    Lovely read. I really enjoy the ambiance of the moment you recreated for us.


  4. yoga-adan says:

    beautiful image and evocative words, starting right from the opening gate :

    “I sit in dappled
    early morning light
    sipping poetry”

    i just stopped there for a while and soaked that one in 😉

    then the litany and chorus of bird interactions, very much felt it; we lived next to a small preserve on the west end in galveston for a yr & 1/2, and it’s just amazing what a bit of sanctuary can provide, and seems your ash is doing a great job of that! enjoy 😉


  5. Just love the image of the conversing birds.


  6. Lovely, lovely. And a very Mary Oliver sensibility. 🙂


  7. Mary says:

    That is a stunning photo. And I love reading about the early morning birds. Who needs television!


  8. Sue Judd says:

    Beautiful write…I love the opening
    “I sit in dappled
    early morning light
    sipping poetry—”


  9. Mary Oliver is my muse so I loved how you wrote this with her kind of focus.


  10. Susan says:

    I did something similar this morning.


  11. Steve King says:

    The world does sing, especially through birds. Great inspiration.


  12. amivglobus says:

    I love the image of sipping poetry.



  13. Irene says:

    So wonderful, Victoria. I love bird poems. The title is so soothing apt.


  14. ManicDdaily says:

    Very pretty poem. A lovely scene, beautifully told. k.


  15. Becky says:

    It sounded like you and Mary could have been there together.


  16. zongrik says:

    i like the image of the ash conducting the choir!!

    sonnet 41


  17. I like the entwining of you and Mary, a match made in heaven, beautiful!


  18. janehewey says:

    this is supple, alive, and gorgeous.


  19. And I too, applaud. This is so lovely. Gentle, filled with beautiful imagery I could picture the scene you were seeing and hearing.
    A wonderful read.


  20. brian miller says:

    oh wow you got quite the show today…thanks for capturing it and spreading hte love a bit…really nice visuals…i could see it and hear it all….clap clap clap…


  21. souldipper says:

    I’m living your first verse, Victoria. The rest of this great poem began to lift me out of my earth-bound status. I was about to fly when I lost trust and here I am again. Some days…


  22. Gay says:

    Yes I hear echoes of Mary Oliver in this. Her poems often centered on birds and they acted as her metaphors. This is beautiful and peaceful. Thank you.


  23. This is a very sensual poem in every meaning of the word. Beautiful and clever, my friend.


  24. ayala says:

    Beautiful…I love sipping poetry 😉


  25. Claudia says:

    i applaud as well..what a beautiful and atmospheric piece victoria..wish i could’ve been there


  26. vivinfrance says:

    This is one of the most beautiful of your poems that I have read. Lovely.


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