Oh, to greet the blissful morning,
the kiss of dawn.
Birdsong brings a sweet forewarning.
With night sweats gone,
we feel the promise of a day,
to be refreshed in every way.
Our whole stirring spirit yearning,
the kiss of dawn.
But soon, with comfort of the night’s
caress of dusk,
As we watch the waning twilights,
the colors dance around us. Then,
they will fade into darkness, when
we lay down worries to entrust
caress of dusk.
And so the cycle goes
from dusk to dawn.
The world will carry on.
the rules of night and day.
Pray, it won’t go away.
Just some simple thoughts on the morning to evening cycle of a day.
This poem is a Pindaric Ode.
A Pindaric Ode is a ceremonious poem in the manner of Pindar, a Greek professional lyrist of the 5th century bc. Pindar employed the triadic structure (meaning three parts) attributed to Stesichorus (7th and 6th centuries bc), consisting of a Strophe (two or more lines repeated as a unit) followed by a metrically harmonious Antistrophe, concluding with summary lines (called an Epode) in a different meter. These three parts corresponded to the movement of the chorus to one side of the stage, then to the other, and their pause midstage to deliver the Epode.
Here I have the Strophe as Dawn, the Antistrophe as Dusk, and Epode as the conclusion. I characterized the mood of the Strophe as a kiss, while the Antistrophe is a hug. The conclusion is, that they repeat a cycle that goes on according to the rules of the universe.
Note: I used for the Strophe and Antistrope, a structure of an Octive (8 lines) and meter of: 8-4-8-4-8-8-8-4. For the Epode, I went with a Sestet and a meter of: 6-4-6-4-6-6. I did change the rhyme scheme slightly between the Strophe and the Antistrophe. So the total rhyme scheme is:
ababccab cdcdeedd fggfhh.
This photograph was taken by the author himself on May 19, 2013.