Luna’s transit seemed complete,
approaching its ultimate destination
in the eyes of all viewing, when the last
crescent of Sol,
a mere sliver, blinked out.
Darkness briefly filled the sky,
until a radiant burst evoked
a collective gasp, the sun’s corona
sending tendrils of light
into the day-night sky.
Pulses quickened. Prepared,
yet not, for such exquisite wonder,
imagined for so long,
now realized. An eternal moment,
yet all too brief.
Venus shone with a light
seldom seen at day, while
Mercury seemed a dim reflection
beyond the sun, almost
as if a whisper of light.
A new crescent appeared,
opposite the last,
and the moon continued
on its way, daylight returning
in an instant, while minds pondered
the nature of their existence.
Images: Total solar eclipse, August 21, 2017, Jefferson City, Missouri