waiting for the sun to rise

once
many many years ago
I sat on the beach
in Santa Monica
with Gordon Anderson
waiting to see the sunrise
we had a bottle of scotch
or maybe bourbon
with us
and waited the whole night
till morning
sometime
in the early hours
as it became light
all around us
and there was no sun
in the sky
we realized the sun
rose in the east
and set in the west
we were on the wrong coast
for what we were expecting
a lesson there
I learned
either you change your expectations
or your coast
a lesson here
I am learning
all over
again

19 thoughts on “waiting for the sun to rise

  1. This amused me! My own experience of this kind comes from my visits to New Zealand. Each time initially there is a shock as the sun travels the wrong way round the sky. You notice it sitting at a cafe under a sun shade.

  2. Enough already! but the lessons keep coming. Thanks for visiting; I’ve been on a bit of a sabbatical writing “a borrowing of bones” but back to blogging with a lot of wonderful sites to catch up on. Hope you enjoy a walk through my village, I’ll be posting the poems through the first week of February.

  3. There be scotch drinkers and there be bourbon drinkers: must have been scotch since us bourbon drinkers all know the sun don’t rise in the west! Besides, we’re all still asleep til after nine . . .

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