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Vincent Kuo

(04 April 1989)

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Break of Dawn


The world sleeps, silent and still
Lost in the memories of the yester-night
With hopes and dreams in a frozen chill
Still waiting to thaw with new light

I lay awake somehow, unable to rest
Trepidation like worms creep and crawl
They slither about in my tightening chest
Under a disturbed sleepless sprawl

The window panes seem furtively futile
As the outside landscape is black as coal
Only darkness to be seen for many a mile
Like the vacant depths of an abysmal hole

The deafening gloom envelopes my wits
Saturating all aspiring states of mind
It fills my head with empty pits
With only despair and dejection to find

Such awful darkness, such dreadful void
The blight is becoming too much to bear
All that's beautiful is slowly destroyed
To annihilation, no promise to spare

Then...gently…with a sort of tender kindness
The panes start to display an opaque veneer
To rid the world of its colour-blindness
Revealing the backdropp of the horizon sphere

Suddenly I feel a seed deep within me stir
A germination of some moving déjà-vu
The heavenly expanse seems to concur
And blends a cocktail of light purple-blue

The inner sprout begins to agitate
Provoking to escape the internal night
The landscapes now in a visible state
Flinging brighter colours into sight

Then...suddenly...an explosion of rays unfold
With the glorious light of the radiant Sun
Blasting the world in brilliant gold
And for a fleeting moment all seems done

It illuminates the landscape in a thousand shades
And all its magnificent pigments disclosed
It shears in a thousand beaming-blades
Chafing the worldly grunge exposed

My despair diminishes and washes away
The emptiness within me gradually filling
With renewed hope to greet the new day
My slumber is rid of the frozen chilling

Time stands still as I gaze towards the East
With the bright blazing warmth in my eyes
The intense rays like a mighty beast
Broke the darkest hours of my hopes' demise

The splendour of the new light upon my face
Revives, rejuvenates and invigorates my soul
Reminds me I'm alive! In Daybreak's grace!
Ready for a new fate, for today I am whole

Submitted: Sunday, May 27, 2012
Edited: Monday, May 28, 2012

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Poet's Notes about The Poem

This poem is an explicit description of the moments directly before and after sunrise. Related to each detail are the emotions and sentiments that course through me as I witness this daily miracle. I hope to convey the feeling of despair and hopelessness we all go through sometime in our lives. I'd like to encourage and motivate people through these difficult adversities and remember that in the darkest of midnights, yet will countless stars blossom. I hope you can relate in some way!

'It is always darkest just before the day dawneth'

If you enjoyed this poem, you are for sure going to enjoy my other poem 'Reawakening', written in more or less the same style with some similar underlying themes. However, 'Break of Dawn' can be seen as a more realistic parallel to 'Reawakening', in which I've incorporated some fantastical elements.

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  • Kevin Patrick (7/6/2012 1:40:00 PM)

    an exceptionally moving and heartfelt write rewarded by being wonderfully written and very moving (Report) Reply

  • Karen Sinclair (7/6/2012 10:22:00 AM)

    Absolutely! you really beautifully nailed those silent thoughts and emotions of the between hours of waiting and hoping for sumptuous settlement... your praise of dawn is just so how i experience it myself....the first whistle of a bird announcing dawn is a moment that never ceases to make my heart lift... congrats on your member of the day and i can totally understand why with this write... (Report) Reply

  • Mark Dillon (7/6/2012 9:31:00 AM)

    nice one vincent, well written, as i work nights i get to see the dawn on a regular basis, makes you glad to be alive. (Report) Reply

  • Mandi June (7/6/2012 9:29:00 AM)

    A truly beautiful and professional write. I love the transition from before to after, and how the poem incorporates emotion with such a natural event. Just an all-around, touching, and enjoyable poem. (Report) Reply

  • Captain Cur (7/6/2012 4:44:00 AM)

    Well articulated, meticulous description of despair, hope
    then rejuvenation through observation and depth of thought.
    A brilliant piece of writing that needs to be read many times
    to be fully appreciated. (Report) Reply

  • Veeraiyah Subbulakshmi (7/6/2012 2:50:00 AM)

    The beauty is hidden in every stanza, when you try to explain every part of the dawn and the concurrent response of earth to the arrival of Sun light. Amazingly Superb.10 marks.. (Report) Reply

  • Neela Nath (6/10/2012 12:42:00 PM)

    Meticulous details of your feeling is nicely presented The ray of the sun is the ray of hope..Marvelous! (Report) Reply

  • Godfrey Morris (5/29/2012 11:54:00 AM)

    A beautifull poem, I really enjoyed reading it. Great description of the day's events. Please continue writing (Report) Reply

  • Valerie Dohren (5/28/2012 9:07:00 AM)

    Wow, beautiful Vince. Lovely description of the sun rising, with some deep thinking here too. (Report) Reply

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