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Total Eclipse

Up on the knob, an unobstructed view,
The horizon fortuitously sharp and clear.
The crowd gathered, tittering lightly,
Passing ’round wines and hors d’oeuvres.
Suddenly a stealthy greyness creeps
Across the distant hills like a sheet of lead;
A robin begins warbling its evening song;
From a bush comes the chir-rup of a katydid.
Laughter subsides into awed silence;
Necks crane, binoculars rise up, dark glasses donned;
Standing motionless like trees
In a twilight forest
As the tidal surge of blackness proceeds
And a black eye is surrounded by
A bright glimmering corona,
A chill dances up the spine,
Though the hour is as warm as cow’s milk
Fresh from the udder.
Someone conjectures on our ancestor’s beliefs;
All are relieved by their own knowledge of science.
An imperceptible lightening of the landscape:
The robin vocalizes once more
At second break of day.
Soon a golden haze reflects
On leaves of bush and tree.
Cheerfully, the crowd hurrahs!,
Toasts the parting curtain,
And all disperse contentedly.
Somewhere, in a displaced hollow,
The shade gathered there bides its time… 

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