In The Morning You Always Come Back | Cesare Pavese, 1951

Man Ray, Dawn of objects (Jacqueline Breton), 1937

Dawn’s faint breath
breathes with your mouth
at the ends of empty streets.
Gray light your eyes,
sweet drops of dawn
on dark hills.
Your steps and breath
like the wind of dawn
smother houses.
The city shudders,
Stones exhale—
you are life, an awakening.

Star lost
in the light of dawn,
trill of the breeze,
warmth, breath—
the night is done.

You are light and morning.

Cesare Pavese, 1951
This poem was written by Pavese for his lover,
Constance Dowling, an American actress.

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