At our Little Free Library we came across a kid’s book called The Way to Start A Day, something we think about a lot. It’s about the many ways different peoples celebrate and honor a new day to set the right tone in their lives. It offers fine advice no matter what age you are.
a new sun
for one day
you have to
…and greet the sun
with some kind of
that you made yourself…
We welcome the day by NOT checking devices right away, but rather, reading something that heartens us, reminds us of blessings we have, douses us in beauty, wakes us to possibility…
… like this just-right poem by Jana Prikryl, our new favorite poet. A friend read it to us not more than 10 minutes after we found The Way to Start A Day. Perfect synchronicity! It’s from her new book, The After Party.
The pines absorb the night, its themes and fabrics,
a lowering of blinds within blinds and glances perceiving glances,
till nothing of night remains in the air and the sky begins to demonstrate
again its essential property of flaring from all quarters
and all morning the pines sparely with a kind of jealous, pointed
attention unleash their reserves, granting each hour
before noon its cool underpinning and each pine
the work of expressing its individual silence
And in this way, we greet the day.
photo of Eastern White Pine in Owl’s Head Park, Brooklyn from the sublime New York Arbor.