Arise, My Love!

(Note to self: Keep camera by bedside ready to go. Get up earlier, and get out of bed. Northampton may not be the desert, but surely it can muster up a sunrise! Go outside and look at the new day before it gets used and soiled.  The Persian poet Rumi had something of this in mind in his terrific poem.)

The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you.
Don’t go back to sleep.
You must ask for what you really want.
Don’t go back to sleep.
People are going back and forth across the doorsill
where the two worlds touch.
The door is round and open.
Don’t go back to sleep.

Rumi

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35 Responses to Arise, My Love!

  1. mybrightlife says:

    Early mornings and early evenings….bliss.

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    • Touch2Touch says:

      Now that you couple them — yes, early evenings are definitely bliss. I have to gird myself up to achieve bliss in the early mornings! This is to encourage myself —
      🙂

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  2. It is a magical time. At the pause when night turns to day, everything is silent for a breath as if the Universe itself skips a heartbeat.

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  3. Karin says:

    Zwei Seelen – ein Gedanke! Two single minds – one thought……!

    Simply a wonderful post, Judith!

    ‘coolish’ greetings from the Périgord,
    karin

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  4. Pauline says:

    Oh! The two best times of day are dawn and dusk. One is full of promise – hours of daylight ahead, and clouds and wind and wild things. The other is promise fulfilled, a time of rest and recollection and gratefulness. Camera ready or not, I always try to be present at both ends of the day. Once you experience enough sunrises, you won’t want to miss another 🙂

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    • Touch2Touch says:

      I will adopt your faith as mine, Pauline.
      The spirit may be willing, but the flesh is SO weak. I will try, however!
      Your descriptions of the rewards of both dawn and dusk are so beautiful —

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  5. Lovely words to start a day!

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  6. The comforting solitude of early morning dawn gives any day new hope . . .

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  7. grand-player says:

    “Arise, shine, for thy light has come and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee” Isaiah 60:1

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  8. coastalcrone says:

    Thanks for the reminder. I am not an early riser, but when I do see the sun come up I am grateful for the experience.

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    • Touch2Touch says:

      Well, that’s maybe all the more a testimonial because you’re NOT an early riser!
      I rise early, that is, I awake early. It’s getting upright and out of the house that’s the problem —
      😉
      Thanks so much for coming by, Jonel.

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  9. magsx2 says:

    Hi,
    A very nice photo, and you chose a great poem to go with it as well. 🙂

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    • Touch2Touch says:

      The poem was in my “notes” archive, just lying there quietly. When I read it again today, I went “Wow!” I’m actually looking forward to trying it tomorrow.
      We shall see.

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  10. Madhu says:

    I am not a morning person at all. I know i need to change that, start by sleeping early, but it just doesn’t happen. Can you believe I set an alarm to go to bed? R thinks I am crazy 🙂

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  11. 2e0mca says:

    The dawn is a thing of beauty to be enjoyed 🙂 But I guess it’s not for everyone 😉 Back in the days that I was a member of a camera club I used to get praised for my sunsets only to have to advise them that they were viewing sunrises 😉 Nice choice of poem and photo 🙂

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    • Touch2Touch says:

      Thanks, Martin. I found the poem first and went through my archives for a nice sunrise. Ha. Had a whole raft of sunsets — but slim pickings for the sunrise. Oh well, we all get to greet the Sun anyway, either coming or going!
      😉

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  12. reb says:

    I always feel grateful when I watch a sunrise …. that I’m here to watch another one. Dawn and dusk are supposedly the best for photography … best light … but personally I tend to think that nothing beats dawn. The last few mornings, we’ve had pouring rain though …

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  13. beautiful poem and photo! well done!

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  14. When I was younger, I couldn’t take classes before noon…. that was way to early to get out of bed. Now if I sleep past 5:30, I am certain I have missed too much. The quiet in the morning, the birds saying hello and the masterpiece known as a sunrise have all gone on without me. Now, mornings are my favorite time of the day.

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    • Touch2Touch says:

      Oh my, Tara, that is certainly a 180!
      Your description again makes me want to get out of bed and see what I’m missing. At 5:30 it is still dark here — and the resident woodpecker (who has taken to signaling a girlfriend or buddy daily) doesn’t get to work until an hour later —
      Maybe tomorrow??????

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  15. tms says:

    … with light as the main hero here, yes! Here you certainly made that clear with a picture, Judith.

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    • Touch2Touch says:

      It was simpler in Arizona!
      The light there had an authoritative personality. In New England it just isn’t the same. More reserved, more diffident, light as well as people.

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