Shadow of the Moon Absolutely Unequaled When You See for First Time #travel #solar #eclipse #solareclipse #august #poem

Kate Rauner - poet inspired by science

That’s me! A picture of a picture – t-shirt from one eclipse, projecting another

You’re up at dawn that morning,
Though hours still must pass.
Pack your gear and nervously
Check the day’s forecast.

Your telescope is ready,
Set-up’s quickly done,
Projecting now on clean white sheets
The circle of the Sun.

Chew your lip and check the time
Nothing can distract.
Wait for the first
Excited shout –
It’s here!
First Contact!

You’ll barely see it starting
As you project the Sun –
Until a nip, a flattened edge
Confirms that it’s begun.

Amuse yourself as best you can
As the minutes linger,
Projecting tiny crescent Suns
Through your crisscrossed fingers.

You can detect a cooling,
The day is turning chill,
But the gooseflesh on your arms
Is from the growing thrill.

Now the sky is darkening,
Shadows oddly clear.
A column in the west,
The light is getting weird.

Sunlight,
‘tween lunar peaks,
Shines through as Bailey Beads.
Second Contact!
Totality!
Join the crowd in cheers.

The blackest disk you’ll ever see
Surrounded by corona –
By wisps and streams of frozen light,
Brief glint of red
A bonus.

Yes, the stars are coming out,
Twilight now encircles,
But it’s too hard to look away,
You don’t get a rehearsal.

Third Contact!
Met with groans and cries,
Returning Sun’s a tease,
Blinks diamond ring,
Glares blinding slice,
Totality moves east.

We few among the millions
Received a cosmic boon,
We few are marked forever.
We stood within
The shadow
Of the Moon.

By Kate Rauner
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