35 Sleep is supposed to be

Sleep is supposed to be
By souls of sanity
The shutting of the eye.

Sleep is the station grand
Down wh’, on either hand
The hosts of witness stand!

Morn is supposed to be
By people of degree
The breaking of the Day.

Morning has not occurred!

That shall Aurora be –
East of Eternity –
One with the banner gay –
One in the red array –
That is the break of Day!

[Emily Dickinson]

Written about autumn 1858, originally with a dedication to her father playfully protesting his insistence on early rising. She later bound it into Fascicle 3, without the dedication, and, while it is a witty case for staying in bed a little longer, it transcends this to celebrate the dawn of a new day for the soul, the mind, the mood – any breaking of weight that might be haunting the spirit.

So, at whatever you time you read this, I wish you good morning –

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