Themes :

A common experience of high mystical states is the perception of a flood of light. The onrush of light can be intense, almost overwhelming, or it can be gentle and soothing, but it is associated with a radical expansion of awareness that is often compared with waking up, "awakening."

For these reasons, the experience is often compared with the dawn.

Poems with the theme of Dawn

  Abhishiktananda, Swami (Le Saux, Henri) Arunachala is a symbol
  Akha Speaker of truth and the sun -- these two
  Akha The Essence is only as far away as the sky
  Allama Prabhu Looking for your light
  Ammons, A. R. Next to Nothing
  Angelou, Maya Million Man March Poem
  Angelou, Maya On the Pulse of Morning
  Arapaho (Anonymous) Arapaho Ghost Dance Songs
  Attar, Farid ud-Din The pilgrim sees no form but His and knows
  Attar, Farid ud-Din God Speaks to David
  Aurobindo Reminiscence
  Basho, Matsuo This snowy morning
  Berrigan, Daniel Prayer for the Big Morning
  Berry, Wendell Sabbaths 1999, VII
  Blake, William Auguries of Innocence
  Blake, William Hear the voice of the Bard!
  Blake, William Of the Sleep of Ulro! and of the passage through (from Jerusalem)
  Boethius Love is Lord of All
  Brabazon, Francis Dawn is a Friend
  Brabazon, Francis We have waited all night for you, and now the dawn is come
  Broughton, James Quit your addiction
  Broughton, James The Bliss of With
  Broughton, James The Gardener of Eden
  Cavafy, Constantine P. Ionian Song
  Colliver, Andrew When the World Comes Clear
  Crashaw, Richard To the Name above every Name, the Name of Jesus
  Dickinson, Emily As if I asked a common Alms
  Dickinson, Emily At last, to be identified!
  Dickinson, Emily It was a quiet way
  Feuerstein, Georg Dawn of Wisdom
  Gibran, Kahlil Prayer
  Giraut de Bornelh Reis glorios / Glorious king
  Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von Ha! A rush of bliss (from Faust)
  Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von In a Thousand Forms
  Granger, Ivan M. First dawn
  Granger, Ivan M. Empty Dawn
  Granger, Ivan M. The Warbler Knows
  Hafiz Spring and all its flowers
  Hafiz The Pearl on the Ocean Floor
  Hanh, Thich Nhat Fall Moon Festival
  Hayati, Bibi Is it the night of power
  Heschel, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Intimate Hymn
  Hirshfield, Jane Autumn Quince
  Hirshfield, Jane The Task
  Ibn al-Farid, Umar From his light (from The Poem of the Sufi Way)
  Ibn al-Farid, Umar I sought her from myself (from The Poem of the Sufi Way)
  Ibn al-Farid, Umar In memory of the beloved (from The Wine Ode (al-Khamriyah))
  ibn Gabirol, Solomon I Sought Thee Daily
  Iqbal, Allama Muhammad Selfhood can demolish the magic of this world (from Baal-i-Jibreel)
  Iqbal, Allama Muhammad To the Saqi (from Baal-i-Jibreel)
  Iraqi, Fakhruddin Love the phoenix cannot be trapped
  Islam, Nazrul O Nightingale!
  Islam, Nazrul Song of Dawn
  Jimenez, Juan Ramon Who Knows What is Going On
  Kalidasa Exhortation of the Dawn
  Kerouac, Jack The Scripture of the Golden Eternity
  Khayyam, Omar [1] AWAKE! for Morning in the Bowl of Night
  Khayyam, Omar [2] Dreaming when Dawn's Left Hand was in the Sky
  Khayyam, Omar [38] One Moment in Annihilation's Waste
  Khayyam, Omar [53] With Earth's first Clay They did the Last Man knead
  Krishnamurti, Jiddu Song of the Beloved (from The Immortal Friend)
  Levertov, Denise Celebration
  Li Bai Clearing at Dawn
  Lowitz, Leza Waiting
  Machado, Antonio Songs
  Marpa (Lotsawa, Marpa) Realisation of Dreams and Mind
  Merton, Thomas Stranger
  Merwin, W. S. Just Now
  Merwin, W. S. To the New Year
  Meshullam da Piera Song at Dawn
  Mipham Rinpoche, Sakyong Snow Fell Twice, The Sun Always Shone
  Nasimi, Imadeddin At love's most sumptuous feast was I with love made drunk
  O'Donohue, John A Morning Offering
  O'Donohue, John May the light of your soul guide you
  O'Donohue, John On the death of the Beloved
  Oliver, Mary Bone
  Oliver, Mary Morning Poem
  Oliver, Mary Sunrise
  Oliver, Mary The Buddha's Last Instruction
  Oliver, Mary Thirst
  Oliver, Mary This World
  Oliver, Mary What I Have Learned So Far
  Osborne, Arthur Be Still
  Qushayri When morning arose
  Rahman Baba Soul Train
  Ramprasad (Sen, Ramprasad) So I say: Mind, don't you sleep
  Ramsay, Jay By Loch Arrow
  Ramsay, Jay Sadhu
  Ramsay, Jay Sadhu
  Ramsay, Jay St. Ives
  Reninger, Elizabeth Dawn
  Reninger, Elizabeth Late Autumn
  Reninger, Elizabeth splash
  Reninger, Elizabeth Wood Pile
  Rilke, Rainer Maria The Second Elegy (from The Duino Elegies)
  Rilke, Rainer Maria We are the driving ones
  Rosenstock, Gabriel frosty morning
  Rosenstock, Gabriel I carved a wind-harp (from Uttering Her Name)
  Rumi, Mevlana Jelaluddin Ah, what was there in that light-giving candle that it set fire to the heart, and snatched the heart away?
  Rumi, Mevlana Jelaluddin I smile like a flower not only with my lips
  Rumi, Mevlana Jelaluddin Inner Wakefulness
  Rumi, Mevlana Jelaluddin Now comes the final merging
  Rumi, Mevlana Jelaluddin The glow of the light of daybreak is in your emerald vault, the goblet of the blood of twilight is your blood-measuring bowl
  Rumi, Mevlana Jelaluddin A World with No Boundaries (Ghazal 363)
  Ryokan A nightingale's song
  Santoka (Taneda, Santoka) The wind in the pines
  Shih Shu against the gently flowing spring morning
  Shiwu (Stonehouse) Trying to become a Buddha is easy
  Shore, Laura Jan Again
  Singh, Darshan At dusk, at dawn I gaze upon your beauty
  Singh, Darshan How should I tell of the feeling that reigns
  Singh, Darshan Wonder of wonders!
  Snyder, Gary At Tower Peak
  Snyder, Gary For All
  Snyder, Gary Manzanita
  Soseki, Muso Buddha's Satori
  Stafford, William Any Morning
  Stafford, William Today
  Szekely, Edmond Bordeaux God Speaks to Man
  Szekely, Edmond Bordeaux I will praise thy works (from The Communions)
  Tagore, Rabindranath On many an idle day have I grieved over lost time (from Gitanjali)
  Teasdale, Sara Dew
  Therese of Lisieux My Song for Today
  Therese of Lisieux The Divine Dew
  Thomas, R. S. Lore
  Thompson, Francis The Hound of Heaven
  Tolkien, J. R. R. EŠrendil the Mariner
  Tolkien, J. R. R. Frodo's Lament for Gandalf
  Tolkien, J. R. R. I sit beside the fire and think
  Ueshiba, Morihei The rays of the rising sun flow in
  Vaughan, Henry The Morning Watch
  Vidyapati He promised he'd return tomorrow
  Walters, Dorothy Hymn to the Nameless One
  Walters, Dorothy Scars of Rapture
  Whitman, Walt [24] Walt Whitman, a cosmos, of Manhattan the son (from Song of Myself)
  Yeats, William Butler Crazy Jane and God
  Yeats, William Butler The Dawn
  Yeats, William Butler The Lake Isle of Innisfree