And Rising

Written by: Hana Ryusaka

And, rising, bless the Cimmerian shade of night

With cupped snowflake-skin flowing, bathed in sultry rebirth

Praise the darkness that impregnated your essence with light.


Now permeated with scent of ashes, grasp with might

the memories of a child once holy in its innocence of mirth

And, rising, bless the Cimmerian shade of night.


And gaze raptly, effervescent, drunk with flight –

into the Neverwere of existence that soured your birth

Praise the darkness that impregnated your essence with light.


When young, you were all-ignorance – in lack of sorrow, bright

Smote the mocking fruit of knowledge: caress with stable blaze the earth

And, rising, bless the Cimmerian shade of night.


With scars that unfurl like ribbons of wings you will alight

Entwine your luminescence with those unmarred before the curse –

Praise the darkness that impregnated your essence with light.


You misconstrued the pain that seared, but now you fight

No longer complacent, idle –embrace the warrior death brought forth

And, rising, bless the Cimmerian shade of night –

Praise the darkness that impregnated your essence with light.


**Inspired by Dylan Thomas's "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night"