photo by author

Early morning in the desert.

I sip my coffee and listen

To the birds proclaiming

The start of the day.

To the beginning buzz of traffic

On the Palms to Pines Highway.

To conversations

Of people walking by,

Sometimes hushed

Sometimes loud.

Getting their exercise in early

Before the heat of the day.

Waking up.

Moving around.

Ready for what’s next.