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The Life of a Day


Like people or dogs, each day is unique and has its own

personality quirks, which can easily be seen if you look closely.

But there are so few days as compared to people, not to

mention dogs, that it would be surprising if a day were

not a hundred times more interesting than most people.

Usually they just pass, mostly unnoticed, unless they are

wildly nice, such as autumn ones full of red maple trees and

hazy sunlight, or if they are grimly awful ones in a winter

blizzard that kills the lost traveler and bunches of cattle.

For some reason we want to see days pass, even though most

of us claim we don't want to reach our last one for a long time.

We examine each day before us with barely a glance and say,

no, this isn't one I've been looking for, and wait in a bored

sort of way for the next, when, we are convinced, our lives

will start for real. Meanwhile, this day is going by perfectly

well adjusted, as some days are, with the right amounts of

sunlight and shade, and a light breeze perfumed from the

mixture of fallen apples, corn stubble, dry oak leaves, and the

faint odor of last night's meandering skunk.



"The Life of a Day" by Tom Hennen, from Darkness Sticks to Everything: Collected and New Poems (2013), is used by permission of Copper Canyon Press.



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