They say that the night
Is darkest before the dawn.
But that isn’t the truth,
At least, beyond simple terms.

Anyone who’s seen
A sunrise knows. There
Is a trend. A gradual
Brightening along the course
Of an hour or so.

The darkest darkness is a
Sham, designed to justify
All manner of karmic injustice,
To hold lowered heads high.

A nursery rhyme told
By the minstrels who
Tell you this is a poem, because
It has verses, and had line breaks
In between sentences.

But, just because a poem
Isn’t a poem, doesn’t mean
It can’t be read.
And dawn comes
Regardless of the darkness.

Unless, it’s really cloudy…

Jake Kelly-Hulse
Year 12
Sacred Heart College, Auckland