Winter Dawn – poem



The men and beasts of the zodiac
Have marched over us once more.
Green wine bottle and red lobster shells,
Both emptied, litter the table.
“Should auld acquaintance be forgot?” Each
Sits listening to his own thoughts,
And the sound of cars starting outside.
The birds in the eaves are restless,
Because of the noise and light. Soon now
In the winter dawn I will face
My fortieth year. Borne headlong
Towards the long shadows of sunset
By the headstrong, stubborn moments,
Life whirls past like drunken wildfire.

Translated from the Chinese by Kenneth Rexroth

Tu Fu (713-771) was the leading poet in the T’ung Dynasty of 8th century China. In this remarkable piece called “Winter Dawn,” he captures a moment of flashing epiphany with language, so simple, that speaks from another plain and another time, decades earlier, about the swift flood of life rushing by — as John Prine wrote, “like a broken-down dam.”

dievca believes that Mr. Rexford took liberties in the translation to draw the poem into the future – its still lovely.

Photo: dievca NYC dawn 01/2023

Hudson Yard-henge

Photo: dievca Hudson River NYC 07/2021

Walkers with the Dawn

Photo: dievca NYC Chelsea 12/2020

Being walkers with the dawn and morning,
Walkers with the sun and morning,
We are not afraid of night,
Nor days of gloom,
Nor darkness–
Being walkers with the sun and morning.

~ Langston Hughes

Follow that line

Photo: NYC Hudson Yards – Dawn 12/2020

A Moment.

Photo: dievca NYC 11/2020

May dievca share her view of NYC on an Autumn morning?
Time to take moment to breathe during the chaos.
Love to you all.

Good Morning – from NYC Harbour

Morning Colors
Weather is fine – partly sunny, high of 74 F (23.3 C)
The new year schedule starts.
Enjoy your Coffee!

5:43 am

dievca has been welcoming the dawn with coffee and stretching on the rooftop.
Early was best to beat the heat and get out of the AC.
This morning is offering rain…
50/50 chance at 5:43 am (sunrise).

Ah, well, maybe dievca will get lucky.

Good Morning!

The giraffes of the NJ savanna

Photo: dievca NJ 12/2018

Reaffirmation of Life

 Photos: dievca, Fire Island Dawn 08/2017

Dawn in the City

“À l’aurore, armés d’une ardente patience,
nous entrerons aux splendides Villes.” 


“In the dawn, armed with a burning patience,
we shall enter the splendid Cities.”

― Arthur Rimbaud, Season in Hell & Other Poems

Photo: dievca, 02/2017 Dawn in NYC

to the delight of dievca…she caught it!

dievca was walking to 6th Ave to catch the F train this morning.
And she snapped the Manhattanhenge Dawn!
before the sun went behind clouds.
Just random Luck!


Manhattenhenge – No Joy~ slide show and outfit

No Joy….
dievca’s attempt at catching Manhattenhenge was a bust. The sun was too far south. she should have tried for Dec. 5th — but didn’t realize…
Take a look:

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And finally, what dievca wore to not get hit by cars: