Cardinal Calls #SOL20


Slices behind the #PoemsOfPresence.


For many years, our alarm clock has been set to the same station and the same time — our local NPR affiliate, WBUR, at 4:50 AM. I know that sounds boring and awfully early, but we are pretty routine-oriented in our home and are “early-to-bed-early-to-risers.” That’s just what happens when two writers live under one roof.

Lately, though, someone is beating the clock. It used to be a robin, but not anymore. This virtuoso — or I like to believe it is the same singer each morning —  starts his warm-up as early as 4:15 and really gets going around 4:30. We love his song, and when the alarm kicks in and the final segment of BBC programming begins, we hit the snooze button, so the concert may continue.



Thanks for wondering and wandering a bit with me today. And many thanks to the crew at Two Writing Teachers, and the extended SOL community, for giving us the time, space, and encouragement to live the writerly life here every Tuesday throughout the year and daily during the month of March.

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2 thoughts on “Cardinal Calls #SOL20

  1. One of the most positive aspects of this pandemic for me is that I am no longer setting an alarm. I really grew to resent that, during the ‘typical’ teaching year, when I had to get out of the house early for a commute into the city. I love waking up to the birds! I wonder who you are hearing? I bet it is the same singer! Love your term, “virtuoso.” Happy serenading!


  2. What a great moment to capture. When the morning light peeks in at 4:15 and then the birds start up, I recognize it as a change in the season, but it is usually a subconscious recognition. Your post reminds me to stay in the present moment and appreciate this calling to a new day which holds many gratitudes. Thanks for sharing!


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