Half Past Dawn

,saturday morning, ashen, as if this monsoon has stapled itself
to the sky and will never leave, the deluge will wash away

everything, even sins, even sinners, the levitating fear that
woke me up before dawn is still rising, though I’m afraid the moon

will be much too cold to touch, the numbness with which I greet
the news is surrounded by a hollow moat that aches as a flaccid

sun wakes, how much more, a woman is killed, a child is raped,
hurricanes line up in the ocean like planes waiting to land, maybe

if the earth opens up like an orange, so we can fix it wedge by
wedge, stripping fibre, spitting out bitter seeds, biting into

summer, remember the juice running down our chins, we were
laughing, not a cloud in the blue, the sky schooling us to cover

our blemishes, it is raining again, someone is gathering clothes
hung out on the line, blue jeans, wet as fear, the saturated ground

is refusing rain that pours and pours, the sea, filled with storms,
is refusing water, so it waits, turning the colour of absent light,

a bleeding orange, unwedged, how much more, the hollows ache as
they drown the dead, but we are laughing, wiping juice on our collars,

pointing at the untainted sky, the moon, wrapped in cloud, is cold
as ice, summer burning my throat, saturday morning, half past dawn,

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52 thoughts on “Half Past Dawn

  1. “monsoon has stapled itself to the sky” love the image and “hurricanes line up in the ocean like planes waiting to land” A worry though as hurricane after hurricane destroys everything in their path at the moment. Will this be the future

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  2. A lament almost…or the pre lament call…we have, I believe, long since missed the wake up call…the dance will become more and more chaotic and by the time the Western world realises it’s folly all it will be able to do is panic.

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  3. It sounds as though both nature and civilisation is falling apart as the weather and civil order breaks down. We are in fact witnessing this throughout the world and perhaps we should all be worried.

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  4. The hurricanes lining up like planes waiting to land—this image takes my breath away, particularly as Hurricane Irma now batters Florida, where I have a number of friends. Will they survive the battering? All I can do is wait and see…

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    1. Hope everyone is safe. From what I see on the news a lot of resources have been deployed. and preventive action taken. Flooding has cost a lot of lives in this part of the world this year.

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  5. ‘if the earth opens up like an orange, so we can fix it wedge by wedge, stripping fibre, spitting out bitter seeds, biting into summer, remember the juice running down our chins, we were laughing, not a cloud in the blue’ .. Beautifully evocative!

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  6. but we are laughing, wiping juice on our collars,
    pointing at the untainted sky, the moon, wrapped in cloud, is cold
    as ice, summer burning my throat, saturday morning, half past dawn,…This is truly a fitting end to a beautiful rainy poem.

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  7. Astounding images, Rajani — the stapled monsoon, the wish for bits of life like wedges of orange, the hurricanes like planes landing, and especially the transition from the every day of blue jeans, to the link wet as fear, to the global — earth that can hold no more rain. Another dazzling poem that brings me in and won’t let me go. Thank you.

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  8. Ah, Rajani. I love your imaging, esp. words about the earth as orange… The style is amazing, I like these long meaningful lines with details. It’s like watching flash screen news, but with your emotions added. Call to save our earth. Very impressive!

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