One place understood helps us understand all places better.

Eudora Welty

Thursday, February 9, 2017


Luc Viatour /
In the path
of totality
the forest
stands quietly

At the moment
of Baily's Beads
the owl opens
his eyes to feed

The squirrel
scampers to
his nest tree
to rest

The quiet
of a deep
forest night
doesn't betray
the awful sight

Of beauty
in the sky,
the twist
and turn
of the ribbons
of sheer energy
leaving the sun

of the immense
heavens signify
more than
we can deny

Then just as
the Diamond Rings
are seen
the owl returns
to his sleep

The squrrel
pokes a head
from his tree
and climbs
a branch to see

The bifurcated
day begin again
the forest hums
to life

A second time
the day before
the brief night
begins and
is noisily annealed.

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