For Morning in the Bowl of Night
Has flung the Stone that puts the Stars to Flight:
The Hunter of the East
Has caught the Sultan’s Turret in a Noose of Light.
–Omar Khayyam, The Rubaiyat
Translated and adapted by Edward Fitzgerald
IMAGE: Many, many thanks to Toxa Abramov, who took this gorgeous photo of the Blue Mosque (Istanbul, Turkey) at sunrise in 2010, and posted it on her Flickr Photostream.
ALSO: Many thanks to my father, Dr. E. G. Sherrell, for quoting this verse as our wake-up call throughout much of my childhood. Love you, Dad!