What the world sounds like when you wake at 5 a.m.

Sleep when the birds sleep 
Close your eyes when the birds do
Wake when the birds wake.

Below is an audio recording of the birds in my backyard at 5 AM. Every morning when I wake, I open the kitchen window or step out onto my back patio and let the birds greet me with their morning songs. This is how I start my day. Try it sometime. You may find it makes a world of difference in how the rest of your day unfolds.

Photo by Ryk Naves on Unsplash

By Jeffrey Pillow

Jeffrey Pillow is an American short story writer, memoirist, and poet. He is the author of The Lady Next Door. His writing has been published in Urge Magazine, The Nervous Breakdown, 16 Blocks, USA Today, Sports Illustrated,, New York Times, Washington Post, and Richmond Times-Dispatch.

He grew up in the small town of Phenix, Virginia, population: 200, and now lives in Charlottesville with his wife, two kids, and a dog named Mozzarella Cheese. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia where he was a Rainey Scholar. This is his blog.

2 replies on “What the world sounds like when you wake at 5 a.m.”

Your daddy and I would waken to the birds singing and chirping. The head of our bed faced the 2 trees next to the sidewalk. We would lay there on Saturday mornings (our day off) for a long while just listening to the birds!

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