SOLC Day 21: Gathering Calm

March 2022 SOLC–Day 21
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It’s quiet now. Only the hum of the heater stirs the air. The coffee pot has ceased its productive gurgling, and subsided into its silent warming mode. Every so often it emits a faint tick. The cat, who not long ago was perched on the windowsill, lowly growling at the local prowling tom, has moved on. 

I gather my thoughts. Begin to write. Savor the smooth flow of pen on paper under my hand. 

Outside, the moon, through some trick of light and window screen, forms a brilliant cross in the sky. It pulls my eye, again and again. Turning my attention away from the page. I know it’s something I can’t capture with my camera. Still, I put down my pen, turn off the inside lights and try anyway.

Then I step out the door into the dark, cold morning, stand in the winter-bare garden, and savor the moonglow.

Soon enough, the sun will rise.

Soon enough, the winds of the day will gather and turn.

Soon enough, the silence will vanish.

I linger for just a bit longer. 

Savoring the silence about me.

Gathering my calm before the day begins.

24 thoughts on “SOLC Day 21: Gathering Calm

  1. I love silent mornings before the rush of the day starts as well! You described the peacefulness so well – my favorite part was when you seized the moment and went outside to enjoy the moon in your garden.

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  2. Jill Bless says:

    I love your title…gathering calm. A perfect way to encapsulate your morning routine. The bliss of that time of day prepares us to walk the road ahead. Your picture is amazing. I feel like it was playing tricks on my eyes!

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  3. My, you capture the quiet tone so well. All your details and word choice are perfect. I am standing right there with you, lifting my eyes to the moon and now I’m ready to return to my notebook and write! Thanks for bringing me along for this quiet ride. I will bookmark this to use during a quick write! You are a pretty good photographer too.

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  4. This is beautiful … so many connections to how I often start my day. The mood and tone of your craft perfectly matched your message. I was there in your garden, taking a breath, preparing for my day as well. Thank you for this.

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  5. How lovely to have this silent solitary time in the morning to gather the calm before the day begins.

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  6. cmargocs says:

    You did get to capture the light cross! Your writing also captures the calm feeling of this quiet time. I need that buffer, too, before the start of a day filled with children and a full agenda.

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  7. humbleswede says:

    This is a beautiful way to start a day. I may need to drag myself out of be a little earlier and try some quiet writing to begin my day. Thank you for this moment…and you did a nice job of capturing the moon as cross.

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  8. Thanks for another window into your mornings.

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  9. clover88 says:

    This created calm within me, so thank you. And I share the feeling of trying to capture what I’m seeing with a camera and remembering that my memory will suffice (or, even, do better than the camera) and then just look and breathe.

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    • mbhmaine says:

      When my kids were small, I never videotaped their school performances because I wanted to enjoy them in the moment. It’s interesting how the camera preserves a moment yet simultaneously alters it.

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  10. margaretsmn says:

    Love the quiet heartbeat of “soon enough…”

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  11. kd0602 says:

    Savoring, lingering, gathering… I love these morning moments! (And the persistence to keep trying to get those moon photos–even when you know the camera just can’t do justice!)

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  12. ‘Savoring the silence’ just lovely…perfect end to a soothing slice!

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  13. mbhmaine says:

    Thanks! I’m glad to know I captured a bit of that feeling of calm.


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