At the partial eclipse of the sun
We looked down, put on the eclipse glasses and gazed
up at the fiery crescent behind an almost round of moon.
The air imperceptively less bright but imperturbable.
By interlacing both hands, you could see five crescents
between your fingers as well as in the shadows of trees.
I showed a woman in a burka the crescents: her symbol.
What dragon has nipped a mouthful of sun? What king
must fall? If only, Trump, if only, when shadows differ.
Partial Eclipse Crescents by Amanda Chalmers
August 21, 2017