Rise in the Darkness

I rise in the darkness
So that I may know the beauty of dawn
And appreciate the joy of daylight

And when, in the night, I cannot sleep
I listen to the soothing wisdom of poets
And conjure the spells of magicians

I wander in cold solitude
So that I may feel the glow of home’s hearth
And celebrate the warmth of friends

And when, in the wilderness, I am lost
I sing the ancient songs of the land
And dance to the rhythm of nature

I move in the sunshine
So that I may be in sync with time’s passing
And forget the vast stillness of space

And when, in the day, I cannot wake
I rally to the cry of revolutionaries
And shake myself from the coma of routine

I tremble with fevered passion
So that I might long for calm quietude
And value the emptiness of mind

And when, in spring, I cannot rest
I gather the secrets of flowers
And dream the whispered sighs of autumn

I rise in the darkness
So that I may know the kiss of waking
And appreciate the gift of being alive.

Wayne Visser © 2023


Seize the Day: Favourite Inspirational Poems

This creative collection, now in its 3rd edition, brings together favourite inspirational poems by Wayne Visser. The anthology takes us on a journey through the peaks and troughs of life, celebrating the indomitable human spirit.. It includes many old favourites like “Poets Must Be” and “Chasing the Blue”, as well as brand new poems like “The Writer” and “Making Ripples”. Sages through the ages wisely say: / Carpe Diem – seize the dawning day / Oh, would that I could assuage that thirst / But the day conspires to seize me first! / With the hurry and scurry / Of home’s frantic flurry / And the hustle and bustle / Of work’s tangled tussle. Buy the paper book / Buy the e-book.