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Morning: Blank Canvas

Morning: Blank Canvas

Kathryn P. Haydon

Published in Written River #10


The songbird always sings before dawn.
Eerie darkness,
mind awash in
night demons
howling emptiness.

The songbird will sing.
Dark, dank
thoughts rumbling
through fitful sleep;
ghosts swirling a cold sweat.

The songbird will sing.
Hollow echoes
scratch your dreams
and nails screech
a looping chalkboard.

The songbird will sing.
Creeping fear
seeps through covers
flooding pillow,
drowning peace.

The songbird will sing.
Final faint stars
the opening measure
and slivers of
morning light, interludes.

The songbird will sing.
Orange glow
spreads across mind’s horizon,
dissolving nightmares into
flat silhouettes.

The songbird is singing.
A dawn chorus of
hundreds, millions
erasing the night and
defending your right
to a new day.



Kathryn P. Haydon, co-author of the new book Creativity for Everybody, writes, speaks, and consults to help people become aware of their own creativity and leverage it for growth and freedom. She founded her consulting practice, Sparkitivity, to engage “square peg” students and to support the parents and educators who want them to succeed. Her poetry, rooted in observation of nature, helps her to apply natural metaphors to change the way we view learning and education. You might even call her an “eco-educator.” Haydon is on the editorial board of the Torrance Journal for Applied Creativity and is a frequent contributor to several journals and websites, including The Creativity Post and Brightly. She holds a master of science degree in creativity and change leadership from the International Center for Studies in Creativity at State University of New York, and a bachelor of arts from Northwestern University. Connect with her and find resources at