Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Photo & Poem


An angel, robed in spotless white,
Bent down and kissed the sleeping Night.
Night woke to blush; the sprite was gone.
Men saw the blush and called it Dawn.
~ Paul Laurence Dunbar

I got up one morning just to see the sunrise. This is only part of what I saw. Look, the sky is blushing! This poem by Dunbar was one of the first poems I memorized as a freshman in college. I used to recite this poem to girls on campus and they would smile and say, "that's so romantic." Nowadays, I recite my own poems to my wife and she says, "put it in a book, Bess!" Then, I smile say, "that's so romantic."


Professor Zero said...

C'est beau!!!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful is right! Your wife is lucky. She does not know how lucky she is to have a romantic man. My man (although I love him more than anything) is the most unromantic man alive. But we all have different qualities, and I would not trade him for anything! Have a great day!

christina said...

I could look at this picture all day, the fields of depth are amazing. Are you going to print and hang it? I would love to know you have done this :)

Stephen A. Bess said...

Merci, beaucoup!

Oh, she knows. My wife loves it when I recite poetry to her. There are just those moments when she pushes me to get published and/or submit my work. I call her my wife + manager = Wifanager. :)

I have not done this, but perhaps I will.

Rethabile said...

I'll echo the prof.

Babz Rawls Ivy said...

This is lush!

Oh brother, you were one of THOSE college guys...running around reciting poetry all heady and deep...LOL!

Listen to your lovely wife...go get published!

Lovely picture. I have gotten up many a morning to see the sun rise. However for me its the moon that I adore.

Anonymous said...

Stephen, I have go agree with your wife, GET PUBLISHED! You are better than half the crap out there that is published! I am glad to hear that she appreciates it though. I should have guessed that with the wonderful woman she is! Have a great day!

Stephen A. Bess said...

Thank you, sir.

Don't blame me. I was an English major. My concentration was in African American Literature. I love the stuff. :)Thank you.

Thank you. So far, I've published a few poems. I am finally getting something together. I'll let you know soon. Thanks for your support and kind words. Yes, my mosadi is a wonderful woman. Thank God for her. Peace~

All-Mi-T [Thought Crime] Rawdawgbuffalo said...

i can def tell PLD is one of your influences

Stephen A. Bess said...

T Stephens-
You got me there, brother.

Anonymous said...

That's an awesome poem...and not just 'cause my name is Dawn. But even better is your supportive wife!

Anonymous said...

This is such a beautiful poem and picture. I think I am gonna stop by Borders today and pick up some poetry circa the Harlem Renaissance.

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