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Lessons We Failed to Learn Before The Eclipse

Con/Jur/d, 4/3/2024

“Free your mind of the idea of deserving, the idea of earning, 

and you will begin to be able to think” - Ursula Le Guin, The Dispossessed 


Too many complications

                 in the dream where we didn’t



our plans for using 


The Moon’s Shadow


to fly


(Until, today, although the unfinished, 

appeared to be the




taking the brunt of our attention, the




whose hatted outline hung suspended

above the absented light circle, a circumference

of glowing lunarity, with the dry stone tang of impossibly

cold rocks, should have immediately suggested, to us

upon re-arrival here, the 


                                       Upcoming Solar Eclipse


the words had yet to illuminate themselves as we)


were interrupted by living


voices complaining,


don’t start a poem with a quote

do something original, don’t become

an airport ghost, where despite the assaults

on dignity and desire, we haunt 

a certain bland immortality, for the privilege

of penetrating the winds, as if

for a moment we were 


awkward and dull


birds. Last night at the hospital

insisted we should choose 


how we live this eclipse

since we can reasonably expect


         it   to be

our last


and to ignore


The Apocalypse Carnies, 



“This will last! This will last!”


when we know with the same certainty

of how day will become night and

we will be returning, 


our shadows 


cease casting


and we 

            will resume 




once more.

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This saddened me.  The last time I will see a total eclipse.   This is probably very true and to be denied another chance, knowing it will reoccur without me.  Something to not be ignored.   This poem has my brain jumping all over the place.  I'm glad it ended as it did. It felt free.


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