This poem by my friend JoHanna Hartwig perfectly depicts this lovely time of year.
In the sweetest hours of dawn
the world hangs
in perfect balance.
We dreamers on this plane
tell ourselves we are awaiting
the sun’s return.
But I ask…
Is it the return of this celestial body
that brings the joy and peace
for which we ardently yearn?
Or, my sweet, is it
the sublime and ineffable
bliss of Love found only
in the stillness of the dawn?
Listen in the silence
for this truly reflects
the receptive opening
in our own Universe.
JoHanna Hartwig lives in El Morro, New Mexico where she plays the Celtic harp and is continually inspired by the exquisite solitude of the landscapes.
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I love the photo! And the poem is a gentle nudge to the center with a sweet reminder that that golden orb must be penetrated to be seen. Beautiful contemplation, Johanna and Lesley. Thank you both.
Thank you, Rudy. I am very fond of this photo too. It was such a stellar, snowy day. And yes, JoHanna’s poem penetrates deeply.
Dawn and dusk are truly special…same occurrence internally during those periods. There IS an opening if we could but still the monkey mind. Even with the brain going bonkers, dawn and dusk are unique. Thank you!
True, Al, my greatest joy is at dawn in my practice, and sometimes I’m even blessed to carry that vibration well into my day. In the Beloved’s grace.
Lovely poem and lovely contemplation to calm the overactive mind. Thank you Lesley and JoHanna for the moments of beauty.
So true, Marian, that is exactly what it did for me when I first read it. My mind stopped for just a moment and I FELT it. Whew, love those moments.
Thanks so much for sharing this.
Beautiful indeed….thank you….so much can be said & deeply felt in poetry…this is such an example…
Thank you, Qatana and Susan, truly the poem is a many-layered work of beauty.
Beautiful poem and picture. I took it into my body, soul and mind to calm my anxiety which was on overload. Thank you.
I’m a new reader (and chela) and very much enjoy your posts. We are in New England
and it is a beautiful snowy day, not unlike the photo this morning. Dawn and dusk have always been very special in my life, no matter the setting, offering an opportunity to
Beautifully said, Lin. I remember those snowy New England winters. They can bring one to her knees and lift her to the heavens. Welcome!
Beautiful! I could feel the silence and actually felt for just a moment the freedom of the stillness in the dawn.
Even a moment of that stillness is worth lifetimes of mental activity. Thank you, Diane.
Absolutely love the picture!! Until just recently I would use the phrase “from morning to dawn”, until someone finally corrected me.This stillness first, and then MP shortly after, made me want to live in New Mexico. This pic and poem so image this. Thank you both for your creativity and willingness to share. I am touched.
Lesley how enchantingly you captured that stellar snowy day, with the fresh powder covering that spikes of that Cactus! I truly appreciate the photos you share of The Land Of Enchantment throughout the Seasons of the year! This poem,The Stillness of Dawn,” written by JoHanna is just so beautiful and so eloquently describes why I rise so early in the morning! Yes, the sweetest hours of the dawn as she writes, are so full of the bliss of love and is why I love to do my reading contemplation in this stillness of dawn! Thank you for sharing her poem with us all, and your wonderful photography which truly depicts this lovely time of year!
Absolutely lovely poem and illustration. Definitely a keeper for me. I could feel the peace and centeredness stealing over me as I read it. Thank you for sharing!