Heaven is dark with splendor before dawn;
Hope whispers--subtle, tender--before dawn.
My sweet one sleeps a thousand miles away:
Unfading flowers I'll send her before dawn!
Armies of love clash by the turbulent sea:
Which side shall surrender before dawn?
Sleeplessly seeking rhymes, the feverish poet
Goes on a rotgut bender before dawn.
The fires in my antiquated hearth
Burn to a cold, gray cinder before dawn.
Bravo, progressive mystic! Will you decide
The Holy Spirit's gender before dawn?
O troubled women of the Boston streets,
Commit no reckless blunder before dawn.
Relentless rains drench this northern suburb,
Forsooth! It just might thunder before dawn.
I plagiarize the sixteenth century,
More borrower than lender before dawn.
Yesterday's warmth is a thing of the distant past:
It will be freezing (or under) before dawn.
Diana, goddess of priceless silver light--
The lunatic will find her before dawn.
Cistercian sages, eloquent and holy,
Your hallowed words I ponder before dawn.
Thomas, you're singing a wonderful dithyramb.
Don't stop, dear sir--extend her until dawn!