Morning Gratitude

My daughter’s cheek crinkled on the pillow
Oh so warm
A smile opens her eyes

My son giggling
Ima, come! He calls
Knowing I will kiss him

The lemony, fresh scent of a cucumber and tomato salad
Slicked with olive oil
Crumbly with goat feta

Three puppies gazing at me with round eyes
Tails going wildly
Love me, love me, love me

Our five chickens
Softly pecking corn scratch off the brown soil
Clucking in pleasure

Bells tinkling in the breeze
Play of light and leaves through oak trees
Patches of sunshine on the ground

A solitary teardrop tomato
On a confused vine
Growing side by side in a pot with aloe vera

Listening tomatoto my heart beat
Breath in, breath out
Sometimes calm, sometimes stormy.

A body, moving
Where did it come from?
Touching it in wonder.

The fragility of life
In the clucking of chickens
The tinkling of bells
A breeze, one moment here, the next, where?
How long does a kiss last?
Knowing the sun will set and shade disappear in shadow
But for now, what do I need?
Biting into a sun-warm teardrop tomato and singing
My morning gratitude.

4 Responses to Morning Gratitude

  1. anonymous September 4, 2013 at 7:22 pm #

    Beautiful!!!
    I will add the poem to Verlyn Klinkenberg Collection.
    It is so beautiful.

  2. yael kharman September 4, 2013 at 9:31 pm #

    Very nice one Sigi.
    Happy New Year!.

    • Sigal Tzoore September 4, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

      Toda, Yael, shana tova to you too!

  3. mariana leberknight October 9, 2013 at 7:09 pm #

    Beautiful Sigal.

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