As Day Breaks

The sun stretches to reach you with its tendrils, a warmth unfamiliar to your skin. You have bathed all night beneath the moon’s embrace and open like a flower’s petals to golden rays. You have grown anew, rebirthed in the soils under cover of night. In the clutch of Earth’s darkest caverns, you have discovered yourself.
Day breaks and shatters into a million opportunities, glistening like diamonds to be captured in the palms of your hands. If you look closely, even a spill of oil on the ground casts rainbows upon its surface. Not all are ugly as they first appear. Beauty hides and waits for those willing to seek it.
Light shimmers around you, wraps you in a cloak. You will never again cower from darkness but instead welcome it inside. Come, sit with me by the fire and chat. Tell me your adventures through distant lands, the hearts you have eaten whole and I will laugh like little bells singing through the air. I will laugh as if I have no care.
Because there in the fire’s embers and its glowing light exists all that the day brings. Warmth and steadiness, a strength to move on and push through the swath of darkness. This shroud, encasing you, attempting to entomb. But you will not be buried. You will rise and dance with the sun, becoming one with its glistening diamonds.

Tianna Grosch has been writing her whole life and received her MFA at Arcadia University last year. Tianna is working on a debut novel about women who survive trauma as well as a memoir. Her work has previously appeared or is forthcoming in Ellipsis Zine, Crack the Spine, Burning House Press, Who Writes Short Shorts, New Pop Lit, Blanket Sea Magazine, Echo Lit Mag and Nabu Review (both lit mags of Paragon Press), among others. In her free time she gardens on her family farm and dreams up dark fiction. Follow her on Twitter @tianng92 or check out her writing on

Image: Silent scream by Secret Artist (Creative Commons)