Salutation to the Dawn

I’ve been struggling to get back into the groove since I got back from my holiday. What to blog about? Hmmm. How about ‘favourites’?

I’ve never been a big fan of poetry – going to blame that on having to learn by rote the most boring poems in the world when I was at school back in the Dark Ages. However, a few years ago I watched a beautiful TV series called 2,000 Acres of Sky. (Click)  In one episode, a character stood on a beach and recited the following poem. I found it so inspiring that I spent an hour walking around a loch in Scotland learning it by heart.  Returning to Canada, I wrote it on the window in my hall so I would see it every morning.  (FYI, I rewrite it every couple of months after cleaning the window!)

Salutation to the Dawn by Kalidasa.

Look to this day, for it is life. The very life of life.

In its brief course lie all the realities and verities of your existence. The bliss of growth, the glory of action, the splendour of beauty.

For yesterday is but a dream and tomorrow merely a vision.

But today, well lived, makes every yesterday a dream of happiness and every tomorrow a vision of hope.

Look well, therefore, to this day.

Such is the salutation of the ever new dawn.

Dawn photo

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