Saturday, June 15, 2013

In The Simplicity of Morning

Last night I had the pleasure of seeing a very dear friend who I have not seen in a while. We have known each other for 20 years or so and as long as I have known her, she has been a source of joy in my life, the thought of her always makes me smile. She happens to be an unbelievably gifted singer/songwriter and I have been in awe of her talent and passion from the first moment I heard that voice roar out of her. Today I awoke with a song of hers in my head and the feeling that life was indeed, "so simple, so good". 
So sitting here on the porch this morning, I am listening to her sing and writing down how I feel. It's just a morning, like any other, but today I feel very happy and peaceful and want to share that.
soft quiet morning sounds
before the world comes alive.
birds having conversation
in a language I cannot understand.
sitting with an open heart
I feel the hope in this morning.
with outstretched arms, open wide
I embrace myself from within.
maybe it really is that simple
maybe happiness can just be.
today when I awoke a calm covered
every inch of my soul.
I awoke to the feeling that someone
 had walked into my room.
unsettled at first, I think maybe
this feeling was what came in.
last night I remembered times long past
and who I was in those days.
in the face of a friend from that time gone by
I saw where I stand today.
lifetimes change you constantly
ever evolving, never to be still.
on mornings like this I open my eyes
and simply take it all in.
treasures and magic and gifts abound
in this life for us to perceive.
their worth, their value, our need for them
all we need is to see.
it might be that simple, or maybe it’s not
but today I believe that it is.
as the world begins to awaken
 I will softly sing to her.  
This is Lisa Marshall singing Simple. The song has many versions but my favorite has always been just her and her guitar and this beautiful song.
You can find her at or on Twitter @lisamarshallmus


  1. I felt like I was with you two, Andrea, enjoying the day as it unfolded. Beautiful! And beautiful song!

  2. What beautiful words from one of the most beautiful people I have had the pleasure to have in my life! Thank you my friend!!! Your eloquent words inspire me. Love!

  3. smiles...sounds like a wonderful friend and how cool to see each other again after a while...esp one that is a joy in your life...very cool...

  4. Wow, what a nice powerful voice your friend has. Reminds me, both in personality and vocals, of one of my favorite singers no longer with us in this world, Eva Cassidy. Isn't it great to re-gather if only for one more embrace friends like this...

    Your write was soothing and lovely. Hope to follow you from now on. Also, your friend, lisa marshall


  5. Andrea, this is just beautiful. I am so glad you captured the morning in your poem, and may this poem refresh you at other times when you need to look at life in this way. I do think there is something so wonderful about those long time friendships. It is good to connect with people who share your history and who know you deeply. Treasures and magic and gifts DO abound when we look around!

  6. What an uplifting poem...beautiful. And your friend's song is fantastic, too - what a gift she has! Thank you for sharing both your writing and this song.

  7. Thanks so much for sharing your peaceful morning and your fried in your words today! I especially enjoyed the serenity of sitting on the porch with you as the morning came alive!Wherein The Muse's Vehicle Goes Into the Shop for Repairs

  8. What a wonderful sharing here! Thank you!

  9. It is wonderful of you to share your joy and happiness with us. Long may it continue . Thank you;

  10. I haven't written in my journal for a while. Your words reminded me of how many times those pages came back to help through current happenings. May yours do the same for you,


  11. I can mornings are exactly like that.

  12. very cool - I'm overseeing an exam, so I'll be back for tunes later.