“Just Me, the Stars, and Hope” by Cynthia Cady Stanton

I like to get up before the sun does.

It is a kind of race

to greet the day first,

for being alone in the stillness of the morning

fuels me.

When I walk in the quiet

of my slumbering neighborhood,

and I can look up at the moon

and the stars,

and feel the crisp morning air

on my sleepy skin,

I am like a wakening flower bud.

I open to the promise

of a new day –

of being in fresh light.

I am a rare creature, I know.

Few would take the covers off so early

to brave the chill.

But me? I just get some coffee in me,

bundle up, and go.

It is the most liberating time of my day –

for yesterday has been filed away…

and it is just me, the stars,

and hope.

So, I lift up my voice

and sing, joining the bird chorus

as the glow begins to dawn.

This is what morning energy does for me.

I move forward through the dark and

rise with the sun.

It is a kind of practice, you see.

If I can dance my way through the dark

feeling safe and happy,

then I have mastered the power

of self-transcendence.

I have learned to let go,

and relax into the flow of life.

It is a kind of cleanse

that reminds me that I am actually

free to be –

and no loss or regret

can keep me under the covers

for very long.

Copyright @ Cynthia Cady Stanton, 2021

Cynthia Cady Stanton is a woman with a deepening awareness of life and spirit and a desire to share her spiritual understandings as a way to be helpful to others. She lives in the roles of mom, wife, friend, sister, and hospice spiritual caregiver. Cynthia is what she describes as «an accidental poet.» She discovered her poetic voice four years ago while writing in a coffee shop. Since then, she has published hundreds of poems on her blog. Her voice is one of reassurance and higher understanding. She offers her writings as a means to promote love, grace, mindfulness, and healing. Cynthia has been a featured contributor several times on Phoebe.com and has had a poem nominated for poem of the month on Spillwords.com. You can find her poems here: becomingandbeholding.com.

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  1. it’s in these moments, that we can hear more clearly, what our hearts are, telling us, without all the noises that comes up during the daytime hours…

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  2. Kirsten dice:

    Lovely write, Cynthia. 😊

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  3. Shalini Kathuria Narang dice:

    Love it! I am a morning person too. Here’s something I wrote on my mornings: https://poemsbyshalini.blog/2022/05/02/morning/

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    1. That’s beautiful, Shalini! You’re rhyme and rhythm work well together.

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  4. Thank you for your submission of an insightful and hopeful poem, Cynthia!

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  5. jonicaggiano dice:

    What a lovely piece. I can feel the chill on my neck and see the sun rising through your words. I too love listening to the birds in the morning and watching them flutter about which is a certain peace of spirit not easy to find in public places. Congratulations on your beautiful piece. Hugs, Joni

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  6. I love these morning reflections by Cynthia. So relatable since I’m a morning person too but I can’t quite brave the cold and dark outside that early..
    ‘It is a kind of practice, you see.’

    If I can dance my way through the dark

    feeling safe and happy,

    then I have mastered the power

    of self-transcendence.’
    Great lines and congratulations! ❣️

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