I open out my heart so the Universe
can enter like a cataract of fire.
The new day comes; its coming
takes my breath away.
I sing, a hollow filled to overflowing,
I sing my break of day.
For grace lost and grace regained
I stand humble, not giving and receiving
until the Gorgon of the night
flees defeated and takes flight.
Gabriela Mistral, from the four-part poem "Time." From Selected Poems of Gabriela Mistral. Translated from the Spanish by Ursula K. Le Guin. © University of New Mexico Press, 2003.
Image credit: "Embarking Daybreak," acrylic painting by Sarah Goodnough.