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I am beholden to this sunrise;
it taught me how to love—

with streaks of awakening
piercing a day that is always new,
and ushering in a beginning
where new words
can be written
or said,
more promises
can be kept
or made

wearing a warm layer
of unapologetic hope
and revealing the rest
of what was always there
but previously unperceived,

an illumination
after dawn’s reinvention
of what’s beautiful,
what’s true,
for pasts that cannot be undone
and souls that made it
through the night,
for all that a morning
and is,
there are no more ways
or reasons to hide—
there is only
that sweet second chance
and that inundation of light.

“You and I” by photographer Lukas Piatek


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