Ambrosial Hours

ambrosial hours

Maybe it is the nearly full moon. Or maybe not. But here I am again writing away at an unnaturally early (for me) hour. I have a primary school workshop again this morning. And another walk/workshop again tomorrow. So one would think I would be cherishing my sleep. But Lady Luna is having none of it. So I have been padding around the house trying to preserve the stillness. The old dog’s toe nails are clacking on the floor as she lumbers towards the front door. The kettle seems to roar. The drips from the tap are percussion. Zipping off the lid of the cat food tin feels loud. As were one particular cat’s meows. But then we subside back into the stillness of the ambrosial hours.

A friend alerted me to this concept in a Facebook comment yesterday, because this waking early lark seems to becoming a ‘thing’with me.  She told me that it is the amrit vela and refers to the tilt of the earth in relation to the slant of the sun in the hours when sensible people, cats and dogs are sleeping. It is considered conducive to what is classed as ‘inner work’, the likes of meditation and prayer. But she reckoned poetry writing qualifies, too. It is about responding to an inner calling.  So thank you, Siobhán for suggesting today’s poetry practice subject and title. ‘Tis the season for thanks giving after all. One must credit one’s inspirations.


Ambrosial Hours

I sup on silence
as much as my cup of tea.
I wake too early
heeding some inner call,
some tidal tug from
labouring Luna.
I sup on the stillness
after the old dog goes back to sleep
having had some call
of her own to answer.
I wake too early, even if
if is not my nature.
I sup on the night
and its absence of light.
I learn in the chill how to make
an old  tinderbox work.
I wake too early
in order that I may remember.
I sup on time’s ambrosia,
the empty hours that
no one else can claim.
I feast on time that
any alarm would disdain.
I wake too early
to sup on silence,
to sup on stillness,
to sup on memory –
all the whys of waking too early.
Copyright© Bee Smith 2018

Featured image: Photo by Tony Detroit on Unsplash

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