here’s what i’ve discovered

here’s what i’ve discovered:
i’m happiest in the morning
first thing before the world
lets me know
i should be feeling otherwise

happiest with coffee
and cream warmed
by a tea light that sits
beneath a homemade
so each sip—imagine
that—is perfectly

with no direction
meaning only

the direction

of some internal wind
—my body the pan-pipes—
as i sit before
a keyboard
and record
the notes

is it possible
to live this way?
around others,
through the rest
of the day?
to flow out, to take in,
smile only
when moved,
play the song
god wrote
for me

that’s what i want

at least i know
that’s what i want


About nosuchthingasastraightline

I grew up in tiny Lyme, New Hampshire, where I drew, roamed the surrounding woods, and first entertained the idea of God while listening to my mom's Beatles records. I studied biology at Harvard University where I wrote for The Harvard Lampoon and also began writing poetry. I have since made a living variously as a comedy screenwriter, teacher, and private tutor in math, science and writing. I’ve released three CDs of original music as the singer-songwriter and guitar player for Crooked Roads (listen to latest tracks here: My poetry writing has been inspired by Rumi, Billy Collins, William Carlos Williams, e.e. cummings, Antonio Machado, Federico Garcia Lorca, and others. My two books of poetry, "The Morning I Married the Sky," and “Free this Morning” are both available on Amazon.
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