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Lever du Soleil


There is something extra in the ordinary of every single day...we just have to look for it.

Lever du Soleil

It’s beautiful

It’s like birth

Except there’s not pain

And it’ll happen tomorrow again

So that’s different, too

But life is starting anew

It’s like a key turn

Then the motor hums

A chorus thrums

Small bird chirps

Raven caws

Quail yells “chi-ca-go, chi-ca-go”

Rooster starts to crow

You can smell the coffee

And hear it tinkling

As it makes its way

Out of the bottom

Of the filter

And into the bottom

Of the decanter

It’s like a banter

That happens each day

At this time

Or somewhere thereabouts

Within a few minutes, anyway

And then there’s this:

Sunrise on 27 October 2020, Moscow, Idaho, USA

Sunrise on 27 October 2020, Moscow, Idaho, USA

And it’s like bliss

Like a first adolescent kiss

That’s meaningful

Heavily anticipated

How long you’ve waited

And it didn’t disappoint

Except inasmuch

As you worry

It might end

And this one will

For sure

But not to fret

Not yet

Tomorrow is another day

And it’ll happen again

And it’ll be beautiful

It’ll be like birth

And we’ll name it


Sunrise 4 Jan 2018, Moscow, Idaho, USA

Sunrise 4 Jan 2018, Moscow, Idaho, USA

"Sunrise" in 21 Different Languages

LanguageHow to Say "Sunrise"


nascer do sol








wschód słońca
















bình minh


kuchomoza kwa jua


voskhod solntsa


rì chū


codiad haul




éirí na gréine




anatolí ilíou

Do you know how to say "sunrise" in another language?

If so, I'd love to hear about it in the comments section below...

© 2020 greg cain


greg cain (author) from Moscow, Idaho, USA on November 06, 2020:

Hi RoadMonkey - yes, the French word(s) for sunrise seemed to capture for me the essence, so I used that. Along the way I learned alot about how they say this in other countries, other languages. Very educational. Thanks for stopping by and reading! My apologies for delayed reply, too. Somehow notice of your and DreamerMeg's comments got lost in the shuffle of e-mails. Good weekend!

greg cain (author) from Moscow, Idaho, USA on November 06, 2020:

Hi DreamerMeg - that's great! I love the addition of the Greek Anatolí ilíou! Thanks for sharing with me. And also thanks for the kind compliment. Much appreciated.

RoadMonkey on October 29, 2020:

Great poem and an interesting title!

DreamerMeg from Northern Ireland on October 29, 2020:

In Greek, sunrise is Anatolí ilíou This is a beautiful poem, really enjoyed it.

greg cain (author) from Moscow, Idaho, USA on October 28, 2020:

Lorna - a veritable menagerie over there! Sounds wonderful on the one hand, and sounds like a very labor intensive daily routine on the other. Though I'm certain that's true, I'm also sure it's rewarding for you and yours. You be safe and be well, too, my friend. Happy Wednesday.

greg cain (author) from Moscow, Idaho, USA on October 28, 2020:

Jerman - thanks for the words and for dropping by to give it a look. I suspect when you've tried to comment before the article(s) in question had been moved from HubPages to a niche website of theirs where comments are no longer functioning. We're trying to sort through whether or not that will be a forever thing or not. We're being told it's not, but only time will tell if that can or will pan out. Meantime, thanks for reading and hope to see you soon.

greg cain (author) from Moscow, Idaho, USA on October 28, 2020:

Sha - you're all over my "technique" on this one. I intentionally used a French title to sort of add some little bit of 'something' to this piece. Because I did, I decided not to include it in the very no-rhyme-or-reason-why-I-picked-some-languages-and-not-others list I put together of how to say "sunshine". I don't know about clever, but it was at least intentional.

I think it would be slightly unusual--just slightly--for you to get snow down in FL, so enjoying it from afar sounds logical. And perhaps lucky, too. We'll have to enjoy it (or not) up close and personal...

Good week, Sha Sha. Thanks for the words.

greg cain (author) from Moscow, Idaho, USA on October 28, 2020:

Angel - my daughter and her family live in Illinois down the road apiece from you. Near Champaign-Urbana area. On the day we got this way-too-early snowfall it was like in the 70s over in your neck of the woods. We'll be having 50s this week, the snow will go away for probably quite a while...but you're right: winter is coming.

Jerman Rose on October 28, 2020:

very nice. Great pix too.

Lorna Lamon on October 28, 2020:

Hi Greg,

I live on a farm so the animal feeding list is never-ending, especially in winter. Cows, Bull, chickens, roosters and a bunch of geese. Cats and dogs feed themselves (only joking). Take care and keep safe my friend.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on October 28, 2020:

Box, how very subtle of you to entitle this poem with the French phrase for "sunrise". I see you cleverly left French out of the chart. Tee hee.

I love this piece. The photos are breathtaking. I'll enjoy your snow from afar. Thanks for extending the window for me!

Angel Guzman from Joliet, Illinois on October 28, 2020:

Great poem Greg. Seeing the snow has me bracing for winter.

greg cain (author) from Moscow, Idaho, USA on October 28, 2020:

Lorna - what kinds of animals? I ask because over the course of the past eight months or so, we’ve moved our pets’ (two cats and a dog) feedings from the early, early morning to just before our own bedtime. The shift has been beneficial for both of us...we appreciate not getting woken up wicked early in the AM to a confused cat thinking it is time to eat. Thanks again and as always, Miss Lorna. Be well and be safe.

greg cain (author) from Moscow, Idaho, USA on October 28, 2020:

Thanks, Flourish. I took a few French classes a hundred years ago in college, but I had to look up and research every way to say it except for English. It’s beautiful no matter the language if you ask me. Happy Wednesday.

Lorna Lamon on October 28, 2020:

A perfect beginning to the day Greg with the aroma of coffee and a beautiful sunrise. I'm usually feeding the animals at this time and watching the sun rise behind the mountains. Life doesn't get any better. Loved this poem which is so peaceful.

FlourishAnyway from USA on October 27, 2020:

Great photos, poem and topic. Didn’t know any of those alternate ways to say the word.

greg cain (author) from Moscow, Idaho, USA on October 27, 2020:

John - haha! Great adds, and I’m not going to evade the truth here: I googled to see if maybe the UK or Australia had a different word or phrase for it. You guys sometimes do, of course. But then when I got the search results I felt kind of foolish: sunrise. Oh, well...

I’m certain your sunset effort for Poems on the Porch will be fantastic, John. Your works always are! And I appreciate the flattering words but not sure they’re deserved.

Either way, though, hope you have a great rest of your day, my friend.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on October 27, 2020:

Daybreak, sunup, dawning....there are a few for you lol, not in another language though. Great job on the poem, and the title drew me in. I was asked to write a poem about sunset for Poem on the Porch. Now you gave me a hard job because it isn’t up to this standard. Good on you Greg, haha.

greg cain (author) from Moscow, Idaho, USA on October 27, 2020:

Liz - coucher du soleil is, in fact, the correct phrasing but honestly I'd not thought about a sequel. This happened to me this morning and for some reason really grabbed me and forced me to sit and get it out. It was, as you called it, magical. My little feeties were a bit chilly because I was standing on the asphalt in my wool socks after getting the paper out of the box when I looked up and saw the lever du soleil. Incredible! Anyway, I might put some thought into your idea there because we also have some unbelievable sunsets around here, too. Last night's was so spectacular that my neighbor and I stopped in the middle of the street to talk about it. Good day to you in the UK, Miss Liz. Be safe and be well.

Liz Westwood from UK on October 27, 2020:

Sunrise and sunset are magical times of day. You capture the moment well in this poem and the French phrase fits very well. I am losing count of the number of sunrise/sunset photos I have taken over the years. Will your next poem be 'Coucher du soleil'? I hope my French is accurate.

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