The Hour before Dawn
There is a saying that tells us
That we often appreciate what
We no longer have –
In the hour before dawn
The beloved whispers to you
To appreciate your troubles,
Your afflictions, your burdens –
What strange teaching is this?
“Get real” you say, and go back
To your earnest agitations.
When we embrace only the daylight
And reject the darkness
We are always running from our shadow.