Quarter to Four (am)

It is a quarter to four in the morning and I am energized and sleepless.  My body undergoes strange adjustments when I quit smoking and insomnia, scattered thoughts, and cravings are just a few of them.  I have spent the wee hours of the morning researching repair techniques for an old steamer trunk that I purchased today–I mean yesterday–at the thrift store, gathering some project materials, and brainstorming story ideas.  Then I heard a faint chirping noise about 20 minutes ago. I opened the basement window to better hear it.  The early bird sings and suddenly the insomnia has become the better part of my terrible nicotine-free oddities.  As the time passes, cars zoom in the far distance, the coal train whistle blows, and the bird falls silent.  The sounds of a new day dawn.

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