Eclipsed by the Moon - a poem of the day

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[Note: save your sunglasses for a view of Venus transiting the sun June 5, 2012  4:23pm ABQ time...More info at Transit of Venus dot NL ]


At twilight this ultra-light buzzed by...perfecto ending to amazing evening...




Eclipsed by the Moon - a poem of the day 5/20/2012

 

No telling what might happen

tomorrow
but tonight
the moon eclipses the sun
over Albuquerque
and all is still in the afternoon
with fans blowing breezes across porches
and
the mind has a heart of it's own
where gusty winds and rattlesnakes
exist

 

No telling what might happen
tomorrow
but just now the smoked chicken is done
the tangerines ripen in the windows
of our dreams
and somewhere a man is about to kiss a man
and all the world's a stage with
Facebook faltering and
all of us driving fast cars
typing letters into boxes
taking turns
too fast
No telling what might happen
tomorrow
but Robin Gibb and
the Bee Gees stopped "Staying Alive'
and that guy who blew up Pan Am 103
over Lockerbie, Scotland in '88
died a slow death too today
with the world turn turning around
with history moving through time
as protesters storm Chicago
and those kinder gentler
machine-gunned hands
back again

 

No telling what might happen
tomorrow
but today a deadly earthquake crumbled
crumbling buildings  in Italy...
ciao!  to those that live amidst caved in cathedrals
castles and bell towers falling
and just now
our dogs sleep
cool floors to fur
and china cabinets
hold dreams of mothers
long gone
No telling what might happen
tomorrow
but today Tropical Storm Alberto
rippled the waves of Charleston
weeks before storm season begins
and across seven North American states
wildfires burn and folks in Wichita ask
Why'd the tornado cross the road?

 

No telling what might happen
tomorrow
but tonight we stand by pink cactus blossoms
beside roads where once hands across America joined
and tonight thousands don sunglasses
and stare in silent wonder beside ancient
volcanoes and petroglyphs
just this side of Albuquerque
near the Rio Grande
where convergences
were once harmonic

 

No telling what might happen
tomorrow
but tonight the moon eclipses the sun
over Albuquerque
all of us glad to be alive
all of us having shared times past and present
with  histories of planetary folk and cave men
Cowboys and Indians
and laughing ladies
behind orange sunglasses
parked  next to us
here
at this barbed wire fence facing west
all of us cheer the end of this day
all of us going home
to view the mystery
on plasma screens
with higher definitions
filmed by the experts
no less blind than we.


©2012

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Tags: eclipse, hartzer, jeff, poem, poetry

Comment by Ron Da Bomb on May 21, 2012 at 10:02pm

Great pics, Jeff.

Comment by David on May 21, 2012 at 10:03pm

That looks like a great time was had by all.  I thought about going up to the Sandia Crest but decided that shooting from the balcony was probably going to be just as good.

Comment by JeSais on May 22, 2012 at 9:23am

awesome pics!

Comment by Jeff Hartzer on May 24, 2012 at 1:45pm

Still absorbing the surreal-ness of standing by a barbed wire fence with miles of cars and sunglassed folk to either side as the light around us dimmed and Albuquerque's open spaces, volcanoes, and twilight magic blossomed...And then it all got even better as the sun sank. Thank you for comments. I tried to somehow 'capture' a day that will not be repeated in my planetary walk...Certainly will never see 'the ring of fire' again so close to home.

Comment by Jeff Hartzer on May 25, 2012 at 1:20pm

[Note: save your sunglasses for a view of Venus transiting the sun June 5, 2012  4:23pm ABQ time...More info at Transit of Venus dot NL ]


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