March 23rd, 2011

Kalidasa: Exhortation of the Dawn

Listen to the Exhortation of the Dawn!
Look to this Day!
For it is Life, the very Life of Life.
In its brief course lie all the
Verities and Realities of your Existence.
The Bliss of Growth,
The Glory of Action,
The Splendor of Beauty;
For Yesterday is but a Dream,
And To-morrow is only a Vision;
But To-day well lived makes
Every Yesterday a Dream of Happiness,
And every Tomorrow a Vision of Hope.
Look well therefore to this Day!
Such is the Salutation of the Dawn!

Kalidasa: Exhortation of the Dawn

I have posted this poem before; but here it is again!
I must remind myself over and over
of the relevance of now
and the irrelevance of then.

Minus the first and last lines, i first encountered this poem in a book of meditations for recovering alcoholics about 30 years ago
and i have loved it ever since.