Bland On Bland – Dawn

Photo By Jools Thatcher
Photo By Jools Thatcher

The theme for this week’s JVG Radio Method poem is “Dawn”.

Now I am not really a morning person and neither is Jon, but he saw a sunrise for the first time in years and decided it would make a good theme.

First one for the year with Ed Bates back on guitar.

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I’ve never witnessed dawn; haven’t seen one yet
I trust each day the sun comes up; how else could it set?

Do I get up too late or the sun get up too soon?
Who cares? We usually find each other sometime after noon

First thing in the morning it’s best to let me be
A sullen disposition till the fifteenth cup of tea

It takes a while to turn the cogs, my starter needs a kick
By evening I’m near tolerable, mornings I’m a prick

Those pious early risers are impossible to take
Their cheerfulness, insufferable from the moment first they wake

Their evangelical zeal is enough to make me throw
Like the toadies in the audience for “The Oprah Winfrey Show”

“Early to bed early to rise” their mantra proud and smug
A cult of solar sycophants, all on the same drug

“You don’t know what you’re missing” they preach with haughty smiles
I know exactly what I’m missing – their arrogant, nauseous dials

On the subject of missing out, I’m one up on them
They’re sleeping through reruns of Magnum P.I. on the box at 2am

If I really wanted to see the dawn, though I can’t think of anything worse
I’d videotape a sunrise and replay it in reverse

Don’t get wrong, I like the sun, I just need a few hours warning
Why does dawn have to dawn so early in the morning?

To be honest, I haven’t quite woken up, sorry if I got a bit deep
I thank you, sincerely, for listening – now piss off and let me sleep

I’m told I’m unbearable – the most you’ll get’s a grunt
Those who know me well will tell you I’m quite blunt

© Copyright 2011 Ian Bland

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