Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Dawn, n. 1. In summer, the time when one side of a tree is awake,
the other side asleep. Some say enlightenment begins this way,
then spreads, leaf by leaf by leaf. In winter, when the branches
of many trees are bare, they resemble the open arms of loved ones;
in spring, belief; in autumn, secrets kept for years. 2. An uncanny
explanation of the night. 3. That which follows grief. 4. A vast distance
measured in heartbeats or by the rhythm of wings. 5. The riddle
of an empty street. 6. What a child knows, but cannot tell.
From Songs and Letters, originally published August 12, 2007. Also appeared in Barbaric Yawp, September 2007, and here July 16, 2008.
In the Forum: an elf clutching a spatula.