there is a ritual for waking

 

coffee 02 diebenkorn

there is a ritual for waking

as dreaming traces disappear

like misty steam upon a shower

wall…involving cotton plush

then cloth petal layering

for naked bodyness

there are burnt berry aromatics

poured in a thick white cup

a scratch of knife on toast

news brash of voices, and

the purring of a cat…

then gathering of encumbrances

an instant catch of breath…before

the opening…and closing of

a door

Bonnie Marshall

Art: Richard Diebenkorn

 

9 thoughts on “there is a ritual for waking

  1. Graphic as usual… could actually feel the scene being played out from the moment of awakening… loved the lines, “as dreaming traces disappear
    like misty steam upon a shower wall.
    It involves cotton plush
    then fabric petal layering
    for naked bodyness.”

  2. As usual your ability to pull the mundane into the sharpest of detailed relief is amazing!
    “a scratch of knife on toast
    news brash of voices, and
    the purring of a cat”

  3. i was taken by how you incorporate all of the senses in this poem. for me perhaps the most unexpected is the sound of “a scratch of knife on toast.” and the poem makes me think of my own morning rituals “and then gathering of encumbrances… and closing of a door.” see how your specifics become universal!

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