“Getting Up Early” – by Brendan Kennelly

“Getting Up Early” by Brendan Kennelly, From The Essential Brendan Kennelly

earlyGetting up early promises well;
a milkhorse on the road
induces thoughts of a sleeping world
and a waking God.

This hour has something sacred;
bells will be ringing soon,
but now I am content to watch
the day begin to bloom.

I would only waste my breath
on poor superfluous words;
how perfectly they wing for me -
the new invisible birds

who celebrate the light that spreads
like love to window sills
as morning steps like a laughing girl
down from the Dublin hills.

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