Dark leaves

By Nicholas Hooper

Dark leaves show the rise of the light
on this gentle autumn morning.
Almost still they waver in the cool air,
waiting for their time to receive the sun
and turn pure light into clean growth.
If only I had that skill, that gift,
but it seems that, like all of my kind,
I must trample the world underfoot,
killing the very earth that tries to give me



About Dawnings:
“Every morning at around 5am I get up and go down to my studio. After a short meditation I write down whatever is in my head, giving myself fifteen minutes to do so. Then moving over to the piano (or a more portable instrument like my Ukulele when I'm away), I improvise and record a piece of music inspired by whatever words I just wrote. It is a great way of keeping both my writing and my composing going and I call these small creations Dawnings. They are mostly unedited, like sketches, so that they keep that fresh feeling of an early morning discovery.”

— Nick Hooper