Daily Alarm


Daily Alarm

The knock outside my window is loud and most insistent—
High up in the palm tree, repeated and persistent.
It’s my daily woodpecker, knocking me awake,
way up on my mountain, far above the lake.

He comes before the sunshine kisses the same tree,
trying to be helpful by stirring lazy me.
This Braille invitation, his daily expression
told with bouncing beak tapping out a impression

in the palm tree’s trunk so high above the crew
far below the palm fronds who greet the day anew
by scraping algae from the pool or making up the bed
as another down below sorts words out in her head.


(Enlarge photos by clicking on them.)

Prompt words today are sunshine, bounce, helpful, crew and expression.

13 thoughts on “Daily Alarm

    1. lifelessons Post author

      Yolanda is much happier than she looks. For some reason she smiles all the time except when having her photo taken. This guy really does awaken me almost every day. Sometimes there are two of them vying for the same tree. Then there is really a loud chatter going on.

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