The Whole Sky is Yours

Life is grace.
Sleep is forgiveness.
The night absolves.
Darkness wipes the slate clean,
not spotless to be sure,
but clean enough for another day’s chalking.
~Frederick Buechner
from The Alphabet of Grace


Imagine you wake up
with a second chance: The blue jay
hawks his pretty wares
and the oak still stands, spreading
glorious shade. If you don’t look back,
the future never happens.
How good to rise in sunlight,

in the prodigal smell of biscuits –
eggs and sausage on the grill.
The whole sky is yours
to write on, blown open
to a blank page. Come on,
shake a leg! You’ll never know
who’s down there, frying those eggs,
if you don’t get up and see.

~Rita Dove “Dawn Revisited” from On the Bus with Rosa Parks

When I was a kid, summer mornings were simply delicious – I loved the smell of breakfast being prepared while I unfolded and stretched my growing legs under the covers, lazily considering how to take on the dawn.

Each new day felt like another chance, a clean slate, a blank page ready to be filled with the knowledge gained from the mistakes made the day before, the urgency of today’s needs, and the hope for grace tomorrow.

Now I’m the one cooking up a breakfast of words and pictures, trying to lure others from their beds with the fragrance of another day, another chance, another opportunity.

There is life to be lived; the whole sky is yours.
Time’s a-wasting. Time to get up.

7 thoughts on “The Whole Sky is Yours

  1. Very nice!!

    Can you please tell me what those purple flowers are on the fence? your photography is so beautiful, I often use them for my iPad wallpaper!!

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  2. Fully laden with loving hope and wisdom, Emily.

    Sunday a.m. breakfast, prepared by my father, was very
    special and is still one of my dearest memories. The come hither
    aroma of bacon, especially, drew me up from bed partially
    conscious with anticipation — together with freshly-baked
    ‘johnny cake’ or corn meal muffins (prepared by my
    mother, using stone ground corn from a mill in KY).
    Thank you.

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