The old house is still
but for hum of interstate.
My ancient Scottie drowses on the bed.
The puppy rests on pillows at its head.
Elsa sleeps blanket in hand
upstairs in her carved four poster.
Her parents down the hall sleep on foam.
The Airedale and poodle, little dog and big
rest at their feet.
My coffee cup warms my palms.
The grandfather clock’s about to chime.
Today has yet to be.
Its promises unmet – dreams undreamed.
The quiet exhalation of trees
makes sweet the air
before the day begins to breathe.