Dark and Dawn and Dag Hammarskjold

In the soundless depths before dawn
you are with me.
You are not only in the lightening of the sky
but also in the embracing dark of this room.
I wait for you
with you
and the morning
like the night
is faithful.

^What I wrote this morning,
and then
what I read:

“To preserve the silence within – amid all the noise. To remain open and quiet, a moist humus in the fertile darkness, where the rain falls and the grain ripens – no matter how many tramp across the parade ground in whirling dust under an arid sky.”

And also this:

“Is your disgust at your emptiness to be the only life with which you fill it?”

^Both quotations from Markings by Dag Hammarskjold

1 Comment

  1. Julia: Thanks for your poem and these quotations from Dag Hammarskjold. I enjoy reading from Markings. What an amazing book and person. After Hammarskjold died John Kennedy said, “I realize now that in comparison to him, I am a small man. He was the greatest statesman of our century.”

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