a day in the life of

He wakes at three A. M., turns the coffee on. Mom has a note taped to the machine: Take the biscuits out to rise.

It’ll be two  hours before the paper boy brings the newspaper to his door, so he settles into the recliner next to the slider window, covers his lap with an afghan. Readies the camera for today’s sunrise and turns on a small lamp. He’s reading the 1500-page book that arrived in the mail yesterday with a note from his brother in California:  Send back when you are done. Read fast. It’s due at my library in two weeks.


Photo by William O’Keefe


About redmitten

author of Cracking Geodes Open, Making Good Use of August, and The Peppermint Bottle. poetry editor for IthacaLit. website: https://toomuchaugust.wordpress.com

7 responses to “a day in the life of

  1. heh he..”due at the library in two weeks”…lovely post. such peace and tranquility. you’ve caught it exactly right. x j

    • redmitten

      how far can we take a moment and whittle it down to its essence? often i don’t know the essence until i’ve removed the extra detail (dog on the rug, oxygen tank nearby, paperboy calling my dad “the grandpa in the window”)

  2. Beautiful. And what a mix of peace and urgency in your words. Read fast…

    • redmitten

      balance. those moments when life feels full of grace happen when there is just enough of two opposing elements (peace and urgency, for example)

  3. Rose Hunter

    “take the biscuits out to rise”
    I am being literal with this. 🙂
    Love it.

  4. Rose Hunter

    + what Kathleen said, yes.

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