awakening early, without the usual perky
good morning! of the alarm,
i slipped slowly into the warm shower,
enjoyed lathering the rich shampoo
as it slipped through my fingers
and ran down over my neck.
a kitten, almost too excited for breakfast,
purred and rubbed against my legs as i dressed.
a flowing skirt the color of strawberry sorbet.
a warm coffee and a sweet pastry were enjoyed leisurely
as i read poignant magazine articles about life in toronto.
a lunch prepared in advance, then tucked away for later,
of quinoa, roasted beets, and herbed goat's cheese,
a cuddle from my slowly-waking love,
and a quick ride uptown on the morning subway
to start my day.
a day of creativity, of marketing plans,
of meetings filled with information,
a new office with a blue wall and big sunny windows
that every day feels more comfortable.
a dinner planned out in detail
~pasta, a rich cheese sauce, breadcrumbs, sauteed chicken~
then prepared and indulged in almost immediately
upon arriving back at our tenth floor home.
a phone call from my momma,
who always makes me smile,
to say she was thinking of me.
later, time together on the couch
with caramel-infused rooibos
before snuggling deep into the covers
of our warm, soft bed
with a new book
to read by lamplight until sleep comes again.