Early Morning Lessons

Seagull on green grass

Snowy grey landing with grace

More rain to come today


Plump crow on a fence

Takes time to taunt a squirrel

Minding his own mind and path


Speckled gull and black birds

Of a feather feast upon

Human offerings  left on a park lawn


Raindrops drip from gutters to ground

Leaves whisper before they fall

Early morning silence is silenced by a crying seagull


The Chinese woman won’t smile at me

Walking past me with a mask of a hard life


The path of leaves that camouflage the sidewalk is ablaze

With mottled pieces of fire and gold and crimson

Expressing a beauty that combusts the biting cold


Nature can be cruel beauty in odd moments

Always honest being what is season by season


My prayer this early hour is for gratitude for the approaching storm

That comes to cleanse and nourish as much as it comes to disrupt and energize

That I accept all that comes  and pass the tests before me with grace.

Deborah Drake


9am – Crossroads Park, Bellevue


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About Deborah Drake

Deborah Drake is the founder of Authentic Writing Provokes, a full-time wordsmith, a publishing specialist, and an avid competitive storyteller. She champions the power of storytelling, good grammar, and on occasion--breaking the rules in the name of innovation. She has helped over a hundred clients develop, write, edit, and self-publish their website content, blogs, and books---Above all, she is an advocate for authentic writing, heart-based marketing, and bold self-promotion--that authentically reflects essence, vision, and mission. “What we can relate to personally, we can understand better, sooner, and more quickly. Authentic self-expression ALWAYS provokes." **Co-author of two non-fiction/self-help books, Burn Your Resume. You Need a Professional Profile and Message in a Bottle.** Deborah appreciates the stunning Pacific Northwest for its greenness even though she misses the salt air and sandy beaches of her native Monterey Peninsula--happily lives in Bellevue with her family, where she starts most days with an early morning walk to fuel her focus and creativity.

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