Monday, August 21, 2017

In the Path of Totality

It's not often that a cosmic event coincides with one of my published poems, but today is the day! Being in the path of totality for the eclipse reminded me of a poem I wrote years ago. I'm happy to say it was published in The Kansas City Star. The book editor back then liked it; I hope you do too.

by Jan Sokoloff Harness

In the path of totality
the eclipse is complete.
darkness conquers
For a moment.

Those in the path
don’t look
directly at the sun.
don’t look
directly at the danger.

Standing in the path we
don’t look
directly at each other.
darkness conquers
For a moment.

P.S. You know what I think of when I think of this poem? My friend Angela cut it out of the newspaper when it was published and framed it for me. Kindness matters. Love wins.

P.P.S. Total Eclipse of the Heart. A classic, especially for today.

P.P.P.S. For goodness sake, if you're viewing the eclipse, protect your eyes.

Credit: Rick Fienberg

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