Begin with Poems
Some years ago, I discovered that I was happiest when I started my morning with a poem. I keep a stack of books on my nightstand to make it easy to maintain this daily reading practice. I’ve also found that it helps set my mind to the task of writing, which is the first priority of my mornings.
So, I begin each day this way, come what may, having learned that it’s the water that primes the pump. Here’s a poem, via www.poets.org, to begin the New Year.
New years’ morning
A low, quiet music is playing— distorted trumpet, torn bass line, white windows. My palms are two speakers the size of pool-hall coasters. I lay them on the dark table for you to repair. from Curses and Wishes, 2011.