In the Hour Before Dawn

Tell you what I’ll do.
I’ll scrub the world
with steel wool,
scrape away the grimy bits
of cruelty and war,
put soap and water
to sorrow and despair.
Fresh flowers
on all the graves,
for the forgotten.
Silence to cleanse
the tangle of sound
then starlight
for speaking.
When you awake
you’ll find tears
of kindness
watering the garden
and green earth waiting.
That’s what I’ll do
for you this morning.























Reading of “In the Hour Before Dawn”


17 Responses to “In the Hour Before Dawn”

  1. HA!

    A moment of astoundment as I contemplate this possibility

  2. Andrew Shier says:

    Beautiful offerings of the spirits of the New Earth.
    Thank you, friend.

  3. Jamail McKinney says:

    Boy, that is a big job! I can help also.

  4. Hugh says:

    Happens every sunrise after healing night. This is the day the Lord hath made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.

  5. Veronica Lim says:

    Don, I think this is the loveliest poem you have ever written!

  6. Very generous of you poet. I’m with Andrew’s comment. You do embody the spirit of the New Earth.

  7. allen says:

    Don, You have captured the promise of the new Heaven and what the Lord of Love offers in each moment. Beautiful!

  8. William K Elbring says:

    Strangely moving. Thank you.

  9. Kevin Daly says:

    Don, Reading this, I thought right away of the Mama’s and Papas song ” whisper a little prayer for me my baby…and the darkest hour is just before dawn” … Great tune and yours is a sweet poem.

  10. Edward Haimes says:

    Don, I woke up this morning to your gift. Peace in my heart. Thank you.

  11. Eilish Hynes says:

    Needed 🙏🏼

  12. Brenda Jenkins says:

    Don, this is a gorgeous love poem, and I am touched to feel that love in this new world. So generous, and clear and guileless. I love it.

  13. Rose Meeker says:


    Thank you, Don – I’ll be sharing this one!

  14. Thank you, Don…what a generous gift this is!

  15. Steve Bodaness says:

    So poignant Don! I sense that my personal garden of mind and heart has been watered deeply with your kindness. Blessings to you my friend!

  16. I was surprised (and delighted) by the direct address of this poem. That’s not a thing I’ve seen you do before, and I thought it really worked.

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