Morning People

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…


Thanks for reading.

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Tom Alexander

"Art is a lie that tells the truth"

7 thoughts on “Morning People”

  1. You’re not missing out… Morning people go to be early. I’m a morning person. I like to think of life as shift work. For some, the early shift suits them perfectly, others thrive on night shifts. Whatever works for you. I often envy night owls. I rarely see their world.

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    1. I think that’s a very wise way to look at it. I have always struggled with mornings and been envious of people who manage to sit around and eat breakfast or read the news before going to work. Thanks for reading!

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  2. I am not a morning person, I also wonder how people are capable rising so early. In odd occasions I did rise early to watch the sunrise, it took me a whole extra day to recover but it’s so worth it.

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    1. Haha, I’m right with you Cassa. I’ll do anything to avoid an early start. Though on the very odd occasion I do have to get up early, it’s always a treat to the see world in another phase. This poem was written as a series of voice notes into my phone while I was walking to work. Always fun when a poem begins life or is written this way. Thanks for reading.


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