Just this once, Lady Aurora *
will you delay the banishment of the night’s coverings
of sleep sojourns and nocturnal secrets?
Delay your radiating of the sky heavens
with your infinite lumens that expose angles and circles
of our daily labors and mortality.
Let me tarry in this dawn ‘tween world
so I can still enjoy echo laughter of old friends
as their footfalls grace the trails of Tantalus. **
Let me savor the fading wafts of salty air
and hear the soft hissing of the Pacific Ocean
seeping into the sands of Kona. ***
Let me wake just enough to recognize the shadow
of my dreams though I live in your light world
while I simultaneously breathe sweet thoughts of fond times.
Then I shall be ready for your warmth, dear Lady
and gladly open my eyes to greet you in song
and rejoice in hopes you bring to this new day.
* Aurora is the Roman god of dawn who renews herself every morning and flies across the sky.
** Tantalus is a wonderfully whimsical mountain on Oahu, Hawaii. It is said to have been named after the Greek god who, always thirsty, was punished by being placed in a pool of water. When he tried to drink, the water receded.
*** Kona sands grace the west coast of the southernmost island in Hawaii.
Photo taken in the summer dawn in Harmony Park, Trophy Club, Texas.