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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Is It the Morning? Is It the Little Morning?


(Sunrise, Yosemite Valley, 1865 by Albert Bierstadt,
1830-1902, German-born American painter)

“O what a beautiful morning, / O what a beautiful day, / I’ve got a wonderful feeling, / Everything’s going my way,” sang Gordon MacRae (1921-1986) in the musical Oklahoma.

IS IT THE MORNING?
IS IT THE LITTLE MORNING?

Is it morning? Is it the little morning
Just before dawn? How big the sun is!
Are those the birds? Their voices begin
Everywhere, whistling, piercing, and joyous
All over and in the air, speaking the words
Which are more than words, with mounting consciousness:
And everything begins to rise to the brightening
Of the slow light that ascends to the blaze’s lightning!

~ Delmore Schwartz (1913-1966), American poet

1 comment:

elainegl said...

Beautiful! Thank you!