Journey to Eclipse 2017 #eclipse #poem #astronomy #nature

More of my poetry at AmazonAnother Eclipse 2017 poem, inspired by my journey to the eclipse centerline in the Boise National Forest – hurray for America’s public lands. The path of totality was about 70 miles wide for this eclipse and crossed the continent. The difference between 99% and 100% totality is day and night. Even a sliver of the sun’s disk is too bright to look at naked-eye and loses the corona in the glare. Well worth the travel and deserving of a rhyme.

The car is packed, we could escape
A zombie apocalypse,
But on this trip instead we chase
A total solar eclipse.

Nebraska may be cloudy
So Idaho’s our bet.
We carry everything we need, for
The best view we can get.

From the mountains of New Mexico
Through ponderosa pine,
A partial isn’t good enough,
We seek the centerline.

On the plains of Arizona
Our camping gear’s a plus.
The centerline is farther north
And so push-on we must.

Keep the gas tank topped,
There could be short supplies
Cause people are converging
To gaze into the sky.

Blood red rocks of Utah,
The finest that we see,
We leave behind without a stop
To chase totality.

Squirrels chirp out their annoyance, as
In Idaho we climb,
To a forest meadow,
To the centerline.

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Eclipse camp

There’s time to lounge in camp
But First Contact will come soon
On the centerline
In the shadow of the Moon.

by Kate Rauner

Perfect conditions and a happy surprise – sunspots! It’s the bottom of the cycle so we weren’t expecting that. They don’t affect the eclipse – just add to viewing fun. Read more about the eclipse here.

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Projection of Sun shortly after First Contact

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Sky washed clean in the dawn #haiku #poem #amreading #nature

Silver sunrise inspires haikuSilver sky at dawn
Hammered on the fierce anvil
Of a stormy night

by Kate Rauner

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Tiny Little Creature is Colossally Tough – a Surprising Survivor #tardigrade #poetry #nature #evolution #science

Tardigrade - worthy of poetry

A humongously enlarged museum model, image by Janine and Jim Eden

What’s the toughest animal,
A lion or a bear?
Or you and me with our dominion
Over others’ prayers?

What tolerates the cosmic rays,
Curled in a dried-out ball,
What can survive a vacuum
Or hottest heat
or coldest cold?

The microscopic tardigrade
Looks like a critter should,
With feet and head and funny face,
It’s kinda cute and good.

In half a billion years evolved
A thousand speciations
To beat the competition
And earn
our exclamations.

Who will be here
to greet the gods
As final days of Earth unfold?
It won’t be me,
it won’t be you.
The tardigrade
will fill that role.

by Kate Rauner

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There are articles every now and then about the tardigrade, a wee beastie worth contemplating.

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Hunter #haiku #cats #poet #poetry #nature #amwriting

Like a ghost I move
Carried on my silent paws
See, hear, smell the prey

by Kate Rauner

Mighty Hunter Cat

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What Is Lost #nature #poet #haiku #amwriting

 

Smoke from summer fires
Flows thick down dry arroyos
Ghost of rivers lost

by Kate Rauner

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In a Dry Forest #haiku #nature #poem #poetry #flower

Agave bloom in New Mexico

In my yard

Agave flowers
Lift their blooms above the trees
Reaching for the sun

by Kate Rauner

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White Bread, Wheat Bread – Depends on Your Gut #poem #poetry #health #healthbenefits

Never
are you alone,
You’re like a little world
Where flocks of fungi, viruses,
And bacteria lay curled.

No matter what you think of them
They’ll always live with you,
Will pay their rent with vitamins
And help digest your food.

Your levels of blood sugar
Depend on what you’re eating,
Also on microbes that you host,
Essential to well-being.

The zoo that you contain
Is practically unique,
So it’s your inner swirling mob
That says what’s best to eat

By Kate Rauner

As I’ve rhymed before, It can be surprising to learn we human beings are part of nature whether we like it or not – host to a world of critters – some bad but lots good. Thanks to Popular Science for their article on the glycemic response to white and wheat breads, and especially for pointing out that one study should never change what you eat.

What the study does suggest, however, is that if you are diabetic or pre-diabetic and notice that certain nutrient-rich foods causes your sugar levels to spike, you might be better off avoiding them and finding other, also nutrient-rich foods, that don’t send your sugar levels soaring.”

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