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Reading Comprehension
Volume 5, Number 26, April 3, 2000

As I Awake

All of my senses are met by the morning
As I awake breathing in a new day,
Here by the window I opened last evening,
How the world changed while I drifted away.

Darkness is gone, though it seemed it would never;
Sunlight is smiling and nature survives.
I can believe that we all live forever
When I observe how the morning arrives.

Birds sing their concert and children are playing;
Flowers have scented the air and it’s free;
Life is renewed and it seems to be saying
There is a place in its promise for me.

There are some times in our lives when we savor
Being a part of a much larger plan.
Life is a feast and we each add a flavor;
I’ll make it better, believing I can.

1. The world affects us through our senses. What are some examples cited in the poem? What other examples could you have used if you were the author?

2. How does the author feel about being alive?

3. Does the author believe that one person can change the world in any way? Explain.

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