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Eternal Round of Evenings and Mornings[1]

Dawn is Gripped by Night[2]

The Season before Dawn is always Winter[3]

Tomorrow may be a Thousand Years off … some Dawns Wait[4]

At the Supreme moment, when Night should Die and Day Live – Nothing happens[5]

Let them Sleep, let them sleep on, till the stormy Night be Gone – and the Eternal Morrow Dawn –

Then the Curtains will be Drawn, and they Wake into a Light whose day shall never Die in Night[6]

“You think the End of the World will come at Nighttime?” – “No, at Dawn”[7]

Early, before the World’s Light-giving Lampe his Golden Beame upon

The Hils doth Spred, having Disperst the Nights Unchearefull Dampe[8]

For Deadlines he set for himself to Beat the Morning Sun[9]

At Night there is the Smell of the Morning[10]


The Bird of Dawning Singeth All Night Long[11]

Night and Daybreak have Fallen into each other’s Arms[12]

Morning – Surprised to be Waking from the Sleep of Death[13]

Even though it is Midnight, Dawn is Here – even though Dawn comes, it is Nighttime[14]

We Mourn when light day Dawis, we plain the Night is Short – we Curse the Cock that Crawis[15]

Each Night I Burn the Records of the Day – at Sunrise every Soul is Born Again[16]

We stand in Life at Midnight: we are always on the Threshold of a New Dawn[17]

The Tone is Hard is Heard – is the coming of Strength out of Night: Unfeared[18]

Dance to the Dark of Night – Sing to the Morning Light[19]

Dawn Snuffs out Star’s Spent Wick[20]


The Cock doth Craw – the Day doth Daw[21]

Windless Hour of Dawn when Madness Wakes[22]

Every Day Dawn finds herself Naked and Wonders if she has not in

Fact Lost herself Entirely in the night, her Clothes, Precepts, Selfhood[23]

The first Morning of Creation Writes what the Last Dawn of Reckoning shall Read[24]

Slowly – with a Tortoise Gradation – approaches the faint Grey Dawn of the Psychal Day[25]

Gold-Enthroned Dawn Rises out of Oceanus that she might Shed Light upon Mankind[26]

Here it is Dawn Eternally: Hour of Awakening, Hour of Revolutionary Prophesy[27]

Trusting Dawn – though the Sun’s Light is a Light without Precedent, Never

Proved ahead of its Coming – Waited for by the Law that Hope has made it[28]

Have you Ever Commanded Morning or Guided Dawn to its Place –

To Hold the Corners of the Sky and Shake off the Last few Stars?[29]

Dawn never Burned Clearer[30]


Who Spits out Sun each Dawn?[31]

Morning Arrives and that’s it – Sunlight Darkens the Earth[32]

The Doomed – regard the Sunrise with Different Delight –

Because when it next Burns abroad they Doubt to Witness it[33]

Sunlight takes them Completely by Surprise – Every Morning[34]

What makes Fatuous Sunbeams Toil to Break Earth’s Sleep at all?[35]

Sun – to Recompense his Distance – in their Sight Rounds still the Horizon[36]

Hevins, distil your balmy schouris! – for now is risen the Bricht Day-Ster[37]

Day Breaks with its Lighting on the Man of Clay[38]

Into Daylight – I am once again Escaping[39]

Daylight Come and we Wan’ go Home[40]


On Me the Morn her Dew Distils[41]

Morning Breaks like the First Morning[42]

Scarce can the Morn drive on th’ Unwilling Light[43]

Morning is when I am Awake and there is Dawn in Me[44]

She Asks where he Lives: “Second to the Right, and then Straight on till Morning”[45]

Morning, for our sake, moves her Prophetic Finger through Sacred Writings[46]

Slow Down, you Move too Fast – you gotta make the Morning Last[47]

Can you Change your Destiny before Noon?[48]

The Sky Rejoices in the Morning’s Birth[49]

The New Born Day Trembles[50]


Comfort in Morning – Joy in the Noonday[51]

Noon Erthly Palys wrought in so Statly wise[52]

You cannot find the Pearly Dawn at Noonday[53]

His Listless Length at Noontide will he Stretch[54]

What Madness makes me Toll – at Noon, the Midnight Bell?[55]

No Sooner is it Dawn than the Light Collapses into Fast Noon[56]

What’ll we do with ourselves this Afternoon – and the Day after that, and the Next Thirty Years[57]

Morning meets Afternoon – Borne like a Frail Shallop on Deep, Deep Floods[58]

There is no “This Afternoon” – We do things One after the Other, that is All[59]

Silken Weavings of our Afternoons[60]


Every Evening – History Ruins you[61]

Ev’ning’s Hush Withdraws from the Daily Din[62]

Black Milk of Daybreak – we Drink at Evening[63]

The Day Longs for the Evening … the Day knows in Spite

Of Everything, that Evening will not Fail: Ancient, Luminous[64]

The Glorious Lamp of Heaven, the Sun, the Higher he’s a-get-

Ting – the Sooner will his Race be Run, and Nearer he’s to Setting[65]

Night must Follow Noon and already our Evening Draweth Night[66]

There will always be Evenings to be Spent Alone[67]

Evening doesn’t come without its Darkness[68]

Evenings Steep’d in Honied Indolence[69]

The Evening Passes as it Arrives[70]


Dusk is Full of Sighs[71]

Don’t let the Sun go Down on me[72]

The Sky, Lazily Disdaining to Pursue the Setting Sun[73]

Ain’t ya Glad the Sun Sets, Prepares you like? I mean

What if it went Out Sudden, like Blowin’ out a Candle[74]

If you Look East, at Sunset, you can See Night Rising, not Falling –

Darkness Lifting into the Sky, up from the Horizon, like a Black Sun[75]

Snapping the Golden Chain – step Boldly towards the Sunset![76]

Your whole Day is Barely the Start of my Sunset[77]

The Journey Kindles in a Reign of Dusk[78]

Light Melts – Sun Bows to Night[79]

Perpetual Dusk[80]


Twilight is upon me and Soon Night must Fall[81]

The Day slowly Slinks as the Night-Shadows Fall[82]

Oh, how Soon will Life’s Sweet Morning Yield to Noon, and

Noon’s Broad, Fervid, Earnest Light be Shaded in the Solemn Night[83]

‘Twere a Cruel Fate, were the Night Too Late to Undo the Work of the Morn[84]

The Hours have Passed with Stealthy Flight – we needs must Part – Good Night, Good

Night … We part in Hopes of Days as Bright as this Gone by – Good Night, Good Night[85]

Who Turns the Day into Night? – How many Days have been Turned into how many Nights?[86]

Night hath Hurl’d Darkness, Love’s Shade, over its enemy the Day, and made the World

Just such a Blind and Shapeless thing as ‘twas before Light did from Darkness spring[87]

The Day is Done, and the Darkness Falls from the Wings of Night,

As a Feather is Wafted Downward from an Eagle in his Flight[88]

It’s getting Dark now – always does at Night[89]

Night Falls Fast – Today is in the Past[90]


I say to Dawn: Be Sudden – to Eve: Be Soon[91]

Evening must Usher Night – Night Urge the Morrow[92]

Evening is like Morning, Morning like Night: Dark and Gloomy[93]

From that place the Morn is Broke – to that place Day doth Unyoke[94]

Dew-Drops are the Gems of Morning – but the Tears of Mournful Eve![95]

You Name your Dawn Shadow Rabbit – you name your Dusk Shadow Spur[96]

Out of Eternity this New Day is Born – into Eternity at Night, will Return[97]

Evening and Morning become One Long Stream of Consciousness[98]

To Watch the Sun Set in the West without Regretting –

To Hail its Advent in the East – the Night Forgetting[99]

We Live – Feel Dawn – see Sunset Glow[100]

[1] Hermann Hesse tr. Richard & Clara Winston, The Father Confessor

[2] Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Freedom’s Dawn: August 1947

[3] Joy Harjo, Insomnia and the Seven Steps to Grace

[4] Langston Hughes, Tomorrow

[5] E.M. Forster, A Passage to India

[6] Richard Crashaw, An Epitaph upon Husband and Wife

[7] Stuart Stern, Rebel Without a Cause

[8] Edmund Spenser, Epithalamion

[9] Bill Bauer, The Old Reporter

[10] W.R. Rodgers, Neither Here Nor There

[11] William Shakespeare, Hamlet

[12] Faiz Ahmad Faiz tr. Agha Shahid Ali, A Prison Daybreak

[13] Carolyn Forché, The Boatman

[14] Dogen Zenji, quoted in Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind

[15] Anonymous 16th(Scottish), My Heart Is High Above

[16] Walter Malone, Opportunity

[17] Martin Luther King Jr., Why We Can’t Wait

[18] John Ashbery, quoted by Peter Gizzi in Ode: Salute to the New York School

[19] Led Zeppelin,The Battle of Evermore

[20] Sylvia Plath, Epitaph for Fire and Flower

[21] Anonymous, Binnorie

[22] James Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

[23] Aja Couchois Duncan, Fictive …

[24] Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám, Edward Fitzgerald

[25] Edgar Allan Poe, The Premature Burial

[26] Homer tr. Samuel Butler, The Odyssey

[27] John Berger, And Our Faces, My Heart, Brief as Photos

[28] Wendell Berry, The Design of a House

[29] Job 38:12-13

[30] Marina Tsvetaeva tr. Mary Maddock, Akhmatova

[31] Pragya Vishnoi, She Had Some Sisters

[32] Charles Wright, Charlottesville Nocturne

[33] Emily Dickinson, The Doomed – Regard the Sunrise

[34] Douglas Adams, Mostly Harmless

[35] Wilfred Owen, Futility

[36] John Milton, Paradise Lost

[37] William Dunbar, On the Nativity of Christ

[38] Robert Lowell, Between the Porch and the Altar

[39] Joni Mitchell, Nathan La Franeer

[40] Day-O! (The Banana Boat Song)

[41] Andrew Marvell, Damon the Mower

[42] Cat Stevens, Morning Has Broken

[43] Abraham Cowley, On the Death of Mr. William Hervey

[44] Henry David Thoreau, Walden

[45] J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

[46] Saint-John Perse tr. Denis Devlin, Exile

[47] Simon and Garfunkel, The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy)

[48] L.N. Allen & Sunday Ads, Robot Woman

[49] William Wordsworth, Resolution and Independence

[50] Tom Hennen, What Can You Expect of Spring

[51] William Blake, The Little Black Boy

[52] John Lydgate, Vox Ultima Crucis

[53] George Eliot, Middlemarch

[54] Thomas Gray, Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard

[55] Gekko-Sojo tr. Lucian Stark & Takashi Ikemoto, How Zennists Carry on

[56] Circe Maia tr. Jesse Lee Kercheval, Robbery

[57] F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

[58] Virginia Woolf,Mrs. Dalloway

[59] Shunryu Suzuki, Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind

[60] Wallace Stevens, Sunday Morning

[61] Michael Wasson, To Memorize the Continuous Lines of Your Bones [An American Lullaby]

[62] Song of the Spinners, 1841

[63] Paul Celan tr. John Felstiner, Death Fugue

[64] Denise Levertov, The Day Longs for the Evening’

[65] Robert Herrick, To the Virgins

[66] J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

[67] Richard Terrill, Advice from a Travelling Musician

[68] Ghassan Zaqtan tr. Fady Joudah, Collective Death

[69] John Keats, Ode on Indolence

[70] Terrance Hayes, Arbor for Butch

[71] Robert Bly, The Executive’s Death

[72] Elton John, Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me

[73] Jean Toomer, Georgia Dusk

[74] Jim Jarmusch, Dead Man

[75] Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale

[76] Gasan tr. Lucian Stark & Takashi Ikemoto, Invaluable Is the Soto Way

[77] Fatamah Asghar, Pluto Shits on the Universe

[78] Oscar Williams, The Eclipse

[79] Mary Meadows, White Privilege Skydives with Black Guy in Appalachia

[80] Subha Sunder, Dragon Girl

[81] Richard Marqand, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi

[82] Vladimir Mayakovsky tr. Dorian Rottenburg, Conversations with Comrade Lenin

[83] Caroline Atherton Briggs Mason, When I Am Old

[84] Margaret E. Sangster, Our Own

[85] Joanna Baillie, Good-Night

[86] Arundhati Roy, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness

[87] Jasper Mayne, Time

[88] Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, The Day is Done

[89] C.S. Lewis, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

[90] Edna St. Vincent Millay, Not So Far as the Forest

[91] Francis Thompson, The Hound of Heaven

[92] Percy Bysshe Shelley, Adonis

[93] Tayeb Salih tr. Denys Johnson-Davies, Seasons of Migration to the North

[94] John Fletcher, Away, Delights

[95] Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Youth and Age

[96] Donika Kelly, Out West

[97] Thomas Carlyle, To-Day

[98] Teresa Ott, Fugue

[99] Unknown, Living

[100] John McCrae, In Flanders Fields

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