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More Day to Dawn (A Prose-Poem)

Updated on August 10, 2017
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Richard F. Fleck is author of two dozen books, his latest being Desert Rims to Mountains High and Thoreau & Muir Among the Native Americans.

Sunrise in the foothills

H.D. Thoreau
H.D. Thoreau
Dawn over the foothills
Dawn over the foothills | Source


Henry David Thoreau once wrote that

there is more day to dawn when the

sun is but a morning star. There are

several meanings to his words at the

end of his book Walden (1854) in that

there is obviously more day left at

dawn than any other time of day,

but there is a deeper meaning in that

we may be more acutely aware and open

to potentialities of life at dawn than at

noon or sunset or times later than dawn.

Why? Just look at the effect of pre-dawn

on the changing color of clouds and trees.

Watch a tree light up at sunrise from its

upper branches to the depths of its trunk.

Its upper canopy changes from orange to

red or pink until it gradually becomes its

usual self of a darkness of grey with deep

green leaves. But at dawn it evolves and

grows not only in color but also character.

It's as though the tree itself is in the very

act of creation. We humans can readily

join in this creative process by letting

our minds grow and expand in ways they

cannot in the heat of noon or at the death

of a day at sunset before our rebirth at

dawn when the sun is but a morning star.

Wake up, arise watch dawn's rosy fingers

spread across the sky and trees below

and across the mind of man and woman.

The title comes from Thoreau's Walden in which he concludes that there is more day to dawn. The sun is but a morning star.

See my hub on Thoreau: Irish Interest in Henry Thoreau

© 2010 Richard Francis Fleck


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      Richard Francis Fleck 4 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      Thank you abbaelijah, I appreciate your comment

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      Abba Elijah aka elijagod 4 years ago from Abuja - Nigeria

      wonderful hub, voted up !

      Thanks for sharing !

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      Richard Francis Fleck 7 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      You are more than welcome!

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for a very interesting and thought provoking hub.