Voices on the Wind
Voices on Aging
Solar Eclipse 2017
Solar eclipse, words bring a tingle to
the spine, anticipating a view of the
moon’s shadow turning day into night.
Preparations begin months before,
worries accumulate knowing
the danger of looking at the sun,
the damage it can do to curious eyes.
Thoughts percolate, dreams of
creating a structure to safely view
the obscured sun, nearly total
on a sunny August day. Two
minutes and forty-one seconds
will pass as the darkness moves
across earth’s sustenance. The wonder
of a solar Saros, not to appear again
until 2035. Nearing eighty-nine years
when it occurs again, a question
prevails. Will these eyes see one
more time the shadow move across
the sun before they close permanently,
extinguishing life’s umber?