My mind quips, “There must be a better way
Of starting a day than getting up.”
This morning might be a good time to discover
How not to remain in bed beyond my usual time.
“Up and doing” is the phrase I hear
From my better self. I consider that perhaps
The time has come to make a gratitude list.
Shine the light of thankfulness on people,

Places, and things out there – for the first time.
But I resist: “That would take too long,
Be too much work. To do a good job
Could take all this daylight’s hours.
Better to refuse than even try. Just get up
When you will – old cranky, foolish man.”