disappear not seen any more – to vanish from sight
cope to face responsibilities or difficulties
terrified very scared or afraid
shy quiet – to feel a little scared of other people’s opinions
tinge just a little bit of colour
dispelling to chase away – to get rid of
hushed very quiet
rejoice to be very happy
daisy a little white flower
At 6 pm you disappear
You leave me lonely with my fear
To cope with darkness on my own
I hate these feelings all alone
I dread the things I cannot see
As you now shine on Tennessee
You take away relieving light
I’m terrified of darkest night.
But you return – you always do
Come back to give me day anew
You shyly hide your gleam at first
A tiny tinge round nighttime’s skirt
But slowly you reveal your light
Dispelling all the fearful night
I see your slit of light appear
Your rays dispel my nightly fear
I see your glow, your warmth reveal
Relief is mine, you bring repeal.
A-hushed I sit and watch your rays
The birds rejoice – another day
The daisy lifts her head with glee
As your bright light she gladly sees
The birds alight with flaming feather
They welcome you and your good weather
And I relax – I melt my fear
Until again you disappear.
Questions for review.
What is this poem about?
- How does this person feel at night time?
- How does this person feel at daybreak?
- Why are night times scary?
- How can people dispel fears?
- What does it mean to sit a-hushed?
- Do you like to have quiet or hushed times? Why or why not?
- Describe a beautiful daybreak you have seen
- Why does the poem talk about Tennessee?