Earth, moon, sun, stars and sky
On nature’s cycles we rely.
It’s coming! An event not to be missed
Giving the day’s activities a supernatural twist.
Reviewing what the scientists predict
We know now what to expect.
We have had sufficient notice to be aware
A once in a lifetime event, a magical moment to share.
From northwest to southeast, crossing the USA
A 70-mile wide band of sky gazers in its pathway.
The sun, the moon, and a spot on earth align
Forming a perfectly straight line,
A rare phenomenon, a total solar eclipse.
Share the moment with others in friend and fellowship.
It’s midday and the sky grows dark,
In life’s journal, a noted bookmark.
The stars come out, the sun now a slim crescent,
Its light dramatically changed by this solar event.
Take a picture to create a memory if you must
But with your camera, do not fuss.
Your own eyes will perceive gorgeous detail
While the camera to capture such will utterly fail.
The sun fully blocked by the sun in totality
Two minutes viewing time in our locality
Familiar surroundings will seem strange
An other worldly flavor, alien and out of range.
With sudden twilight the birds stop singing
Crickets may even start chirping.
Don’t squander a single second
Hoping for total recall at day’s end
Of celestial bodies an aberration
A landmark event for a new generation.
The Great Eclipse of 2017
Where is the best place to be for it to be perfectly seen?
There is no spot on earth that could be finer
Than to be in Aiken, South Carolina!
– Joan Lacombe, Poet Laureate of Aiken
August 21, 2017