So how do you make a comfortable Monday morning?
Begin with a tall chai latte made just right by a man who knows
Your name. Then board an on-time train full of people
Dressed appropriately for the weather (Look at those sandals!)
Next, grab the commuter-friendly (thin) book of Tony Hoagland’s[i] poems with
Lovely! Just enough time to read and treasure three more.
It’s not that the train has AC (although that helps)
Nor that I open my calendar to a fairly light day.
It’s that summer, and our routine stop for breakfast-in-hand
Is a plumb line that both pulls my daughter and me forward yet
Anchors us in the now.
Those tall, poised egrets at the marsh by the power plant may seem more ready than we
to poke for their morning fish, but don’t worry.
Even though many of our flock disembark at Chelsea, the rest
Ride on determined to do a good day’s work in the city.
The heat will grant us a gentler pace, I hope, with
Plenty of Grace at the ready.
[i] Hoagland, Tony. Unincorporated persons in the late Honda dynasty: poems. Minneapolis: Graywolf Press, 2010.