The thunderclap of Eos

I have always worshipped the dawn, particularly during the warmer months when you can leave the windows open and let the birds sound a tribute to Eos on her flying chariot, growing ever nearer, soon to break through the darkness. I hear cymbals and then light bursts through the kaleidoscope of dreams and they break into ice crystals and float into space past all those constellations named after Greek gods.

But I’m generally too lazy to get out of bed.

Sometimes I will try to return to my dreams but as the room grows lighter, they become merely memories sorted into the wrong bins.  It’s a shame because often I have my clearest thoughts during that time. At least, I think they’re my clearest thoughts but then I’m not even 100% sure that I’m even awake.  It’s a blissful feeling but not every writer has felt the same.

Philip Larkin, Aubade (lovers separating at dawn)

I work all day and get half-drunk at night,
In time I see what’s really always there,
Unresting death, a whole day nearer

Hey Death, can you take a rest already?  This persistence of your’s is a pain in the butt.  Let a guy get drunk at night and wake up without seeing your ugly puss.

Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

It was the lark, the herald of the morn,
No nightingale; look, love, what envious streaks
Do lace the severing clouds in yonder east;
Night’s candles are burnt out and
day stands tiptoe on the misty mountain tops.

Translation: Dawn, you’ve come to ruin my love life once again.  Eventually cruel circumstance will force me back into the arms of fair Rosalind.  Or perhaps I will opt for death instead.

Luckily musicians seem to have a different reaction to the thunderclap of Dawn. How about you – sunrise or sunset?

23 thoughts on “The thunderclap of Eos

  1. I like both for different reasons. Dawn for the promise of a new day, and dusk for the peaceful end of a day well lived.

    Bowie has called that moment of early morning ‘dawn chorus’ from the song ‘Cygnet Committee’.
    “And as the sparrow sings
    Dawn chorus for
    Someone else to hear”

    • It is really the only thing I like about hot weather – the early morning cool at the break of dawn and the birds greeting the sun. (although they’re probably complaining about being hungry!)

    • I guess I like the dawn because my bedroom faces south and the sun comes up over the hills to the southeast during summer. Because of the coastal hills we can’t really see the old sun fall into the Pacific unless we drive the beaches. Too much of a chore.

  2. Hi Jan,

    There is nothing like that first dawn when an alcoholic finally gets sober and they wake up as the light slowly comes into their room and instead of cursing the headache and rolling back over, they get out of bed and look directly into the light and for the first time in a long time they feel alive and well and they remember there really is something on the other side of night. What a great feeling that is! Thanks. Duke

  3. I prefer sunsets, which is unpopular, especially here, I see. I wake up with 1000 things to do. All my favorite things are done around and after sunset. It’s the time of day I can say, “Ah, the hard stuff is all behind me now.”

  4. Oh I think it’s about equal. I have to admit once I pop out of bed all of my to-dos for the day start nagging at me. But sometimes – not always – there’s a moment when the sunlight bursts into the room and the birds are singing that I don’t think about a thing. In the summer that’s generally at 5:00 am. Which is why I have time to just enjoy the moment.

  5. Fun to read your interpretations, Jan, of how others greet the dawn. Had me chuckling. I am a morning person, and find the dawn in so many different poses, always a joy. Fun post.

  6. In general I prefer dawn to dusk because I feel more alert in the morning light than I do in the evening’s glow. That being said, a beautiful sunset seen whilst drinking an adult beverage can be a delight. Maybe the truth of the matter is that I like both dawn and dusk, but dislike high noon when there’s too much light? Yep, that’s my answer.

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