Perhaps he was a Western Screech Owl
that I heard outside our bedroom window
in the early darkness before the sun
fashioned its glorious arrival.
I cannot say with conviction,
but it is certain he proclaimed his presence
with his high-pitched toots.
And what I’d like to know…
was he aware that just before
he sang his series of notes
our alarm would,
in a matter of minutes,
sound off in its circle’s ringtone?
And did he realize at this time
when most homes on the street
have not awakened,
we make our preferred dark roast
from old faithful Mr. Coffee,
then sit together in harmony
for soft conversation?
That this routine, though understated
for some, would not be the same,
would not provide the equivalent comforting
experience if one of us was not present?
Lauren Scott is a poet, an author of short stories, both fiction and reflections of her life. She has recently finished her first children’s book and is working with her illustrator with plans to release it later this year. She enjoys small-town living in Northern California with her husband, Matthew, and their lab, Copper; they have two adult children. She has authored two collections of poetry: New Day, New Dreams (2013) and Finding a Balance (2015). In 2021, she released her memoir, More than Coffee: Memories in Verse and Prose. Her upcoming collection of poetry, Ever So Gently, will be published in late July. She was Author of the Month for May at Spillwords Press, and is a contributing author in the anthology, Poetry Treasures 2: Relationships. She is also thrilled to have a short story published in the upcoming anthology, This is How We Grow. Lauren’s writing inspiration comes from her love of family, spending time in the great outdoors, and finding joy in the simple things.