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December 16, 2017
We entered an eclipse but
instead of creeping nightfall
the afternoon shimmered with
embers of burning silver light.
Thousands – dare I say millions –
pledged a view of the spectacle. Yet
on my patch of grassy earth,
all is calm, quiet, and bright.
Neither bird nor bee, dog nor tree stir.
And I stand – stunningly alone. For
this midday Rapture isn’t darkness,
but a soul resounding Thud…
Was it a chord struck in the cosmos,
Reaching forever outward,
into the noonday of Time?
This poem is an attempt to share what transpired during the solar eclipse of Aug 21, 2017. I was in a geographic area that only had a partial – 80% – eclipse, but what transpired – for me – was/is inexpressible.
Written by Hannah De Lisser
Other Blogs by Secular Discalced Carmelites:
- Bethany Hang Out – a blog by Shawn Chapman, OCDS. Shawn is a member of the Austin community of Secular Discalced Carmelites. She also writes regularly for ATX Catholic online.
- Elizabeth Explores Writing – a blog by Elizabeth Ogilvie, OCDS. Elizabeth is a Secular Discalced Carmelite of the U.S. Central Province.
- Gray Rising – a blog by Tim Bete, OCDS. Tim is a member of the community of the Secular Discalced Carmelites in Dayton, OH.
- Hearth Cake and a Jug of Water – Mary Bellman, a member of the Dallas OCDS community, sends out a daily Carmelite quotation by e-mail. Send her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to be added on her mailing list and receive these Carmelite quotations.
- Illumina, Domine – a blog by Pat Enk, a Secular Discalced Carmelite of the U.S. Central Province.