hinges squeak as Belle the cat

pushes open the bedroom door

then the soft thump as she leaps on the bed

the tink of the curtain bell as she noses it open

to set her watch on the morning back yard

the rustle of the sheets as Barbara stirs

to begin her morning wake up

Lulu the old canary chirps from her window perch

the furious churn and bubble of the tea kettle

as i prepare morning coffee

the silence of the mountains

under their scant load of snow

these are the morning sounds

that greet me today

4/18 LV
Copyright Michael Douglas Scott