The Dawn Song

Written by Lilith


Dawn rises, dispelling the mist. Image // James Jordan

There is a place forgotten and lonely,
Guarded by dark angels only,
Where now a loving child named Dawn,
Seeks to bring about the morn,

She has reached these lands but newly
From a classroom most unruly,
Strange forces have brought her here,
To this darkened land of fear.

Bottomless vales and boundless floods,
And chasms, and caves, and half-dead woods;
With shadows that no man can spy,
Hidden from the human eye.

Mountains toppling evermore
Into seas without a shore;
Seas that restlessly aspire,
Surging, unto skies of fire.

Lakes endlessly outspread,
Their dark grey waters – lone and dead.
Such depths are still and cold,
And haunted – by the ghosts of old.

By the lakes that hide the dead,
This young girl does dare to tread,
Singing stories of the sun,
Tales of blue sky, and summer fun.

By the mountains – near the seas
The ghostly murmurs haunt the breeze,
Murmuring lowly, murmuring ever,
Their haunting voices; wintry weather.

By the mountains dances Dawn,
Singing out her song of morn,
By the grey woods she brings light,
Beginning as End of Darkest Night.

By the dismal streams and pools,
No more the voices of the Ghouls,
But an Angel’s sweet Dawn song,
Ending the Night of Ages long.

The Dawn Song ends; the sun is high
And shining brightly in the sky,
And Dawn? She wanders home at last
Forgetting at once what has passed.

Never its mysteries are exposed
To the weak human eye unclosed;
And thus this land forgotten stays,
But basks today in summer rays.

Based on a poem by Edgar Allan Poe named “Dreamland”, Lilith’s copy-change poem is a scintillating read. As a narrative poem, the personification of Dawn signals the re-birth here, while Poe’s original poem reflected on darkness and supernatural occurrences. Originally designed to get Lilith back into the poetry groove once again, we think it has a great flow and works lovely with this month’s theme, Light. If you’d like to see any of Lilith’s other work, you should check out ‘Fridge Magnet Poetry‘ and ‘A Hedgehog Named Barry‘.