Singing the Day

Salvador Dali

“My heart is steadfast, O God,
           my heart is steadfast.
     I will sing and make melody.
        Awake, O harp and lyre!
           I will awake the dawn.
    I will give thanks to you, O Lord,
          among the peoples;
     I will sing praises to you
           among the nations.” ~ Psalm 57:7-9

In the darkness
I watch for first light
the silhouette of the ridge
emerging from night
under the stars

On the Straights
the fishing boats fire`
up their big diesel engines
murmurs like morning`
prayers of monks

Who can say
what the day will bring
The mystery makes the day
worth the living Night
worth sleeping

With our nets full
or empty we will return
When daylight slips again
beyond the far horizon
I’ll sing`in the night


About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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2 Responses to Singing the Day

  1. love those ‘murmers like morning prayers of monks’. Great poem

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