My Favorite Time of Day

My Favorite Time of Day

 

4:38…

          4:39…

                     4:40.  

Taylor Swift’s voice 

          gently rouses me 

                      out of a deep sleep.  

 

I quickly slide 

                  out of bed and 

                                       change into my running clothes

 before I am alert enough 

                    to think rationally 

                                         and climb back under the covers.

 

 I 

       silently 

                       creep 

                                   down 

                                                the 

                                                        stairs, 

not bothering to turn on the lights. 

 

Mindlessly 

       I wiggle my feet 

                 into my shoes,  

                            tie them in a double knot,

stick my earbuds in my ears, 

          and find Pandora 

                   on my phone. 

 

I adjust my headband 

                   over 

                             my earbuds and 

                    under 

                             my ponytail, 

             grab my gloves 

and head out the door. 

 

The cold air 

           takes my breath away.

I pull up my Nike app, 

             hit “Start Run”, 

                          and clumsily shove my phone  into my back pocket.

 

It’s dark and peaceful. 

 

Just the way I like it. 

 

I settle into a comfortable pace 

                and get lost in my thoughts. 

 

As I pass under the streetlights 

                 by Riverside Park, 

                              I become aware 

                                             of how cold I am. 

Eager to get home 

                  and jump in a hot shower, 

                                              I pick up the pace. 

 

As I round the last corner, 

            I am greeted 

                           by the soft pink hue 

                                             of the eastern sky. 

 

Karen Hovie

March 2013

 

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