Staring Down the Eclipse

We all breathe beneath the sun

but it’s the scientist who exhales it into solar energy

it’s the magnifying glass that sets the leaves alight like lightning

it’s the sunbather who gets the tan

it’s the careless who get burnt all over their body

and it’s the madman who goes blind watching its birth.

The sun is faith itself

we have faith in dawn

we do not fear dusk

for we know it’s going to return

tomorrow

we don’t have to look at it to see it

we should never look directly at it

or we’ll go blind like the madman

light like darkness

needs to be taken in from the corner of the eye

to be seen clearly in the corners of the mind.

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