Her rhythm is true and her grace is sublime, she is Dah’zhou – mistress of all things on-time. She favors such people as know when to wake, like soldiers and doctors and persons who bake, like teachers and bankers and most household staff, who wake up at dawn before drawing a bath. She rides with her sister – fair, rose-fingered Dawn – in a golden chariot they’re pulled along, that’s spanned to two felines who lift soft paws high as they race and scamper across morning’s sky. The two make much merriment while they complete their circuits through sunshine, rain, hail, wind, and sleet, sheltered from the weather and foul airs without in an airborne, golden, and mobile redoubt. Dah’zhou keeps no log-book, she gives few rewards, she won’t punish people who would rather snore than get up and get out and tackle the day, who choose between warm, downy covers to stay. Instead she’s been known to bring to life inside such persons who wake early an honest pride that stays with them long after darkness descends, that buoys their labors and infects their friends. So next time you find yourself wanting to snooze, remember there is more to gain than to lose, by waking up early and fleeing from bed with joy in your heart and a clear, rested head.
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