Day 1 of The SOL Challenge (Morning Sounds)


She is still in bed as I get ready for school.

Not in her dorm six hours away, but right under our own roof.

As I empty the dishwasher, the lonely horn of a morning train creeps all the way to my house from town.

I know she is listening.

Upstairs she can hear the sounds of home.

It’s not the doors echoing in the hallway of her dorm,

Or the students outside her window.

It’s the quiet of home.

I’m so glad you’re here.


8 thoughts on “Day 1 of The SOL Challenge (Morning Sounds)”

  1. I love this! I can feel the love you have for your daughter through the words of your poetry. I also really like the line about the lonely horn of the train…”creeps all the way to my house from town” -This sets the scene and the quiet of the morning so well in my mind. The visual is so strong for me. Enjoy your time with her!


    1. Thank you so much for these thoughtful words. She was delighted when I read it to her! I am transitioning to becoming a literacy coach, hopefully next year. I would love to learn more about your job.


  2. Oh, so beautiful! Love the calm, whisper of your poem … filled with so much love. I’m sure there will be many more stories of love and about your daughter! Happy writing this month!


  3. What a lovely and apt way to describe the feeling of having your daughter home. I think the format you chose worked really well to set the mood.


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