Eclipsed, a Poem by Randy Evans

How easily the sun star

Leaves the earth

(At the simple passing of the moon)



There is no reason

That requires us


(Masters of forgetting)

To turn our tender balls

Skyward to the blinding



There is no reason

For tears


But tears appear

(From the fiery brilliance)

From the down deep within us, we



The tick tock of eternity,

Sitting in the sunshine like a weed,

When we could sing through the day with



There is no reason

To fall heavy on the ground


To moan (for everything about us),

Missed sunrises, sunsets, changes in the weather,

And a thousand saints (invisible to us) in plain



There is no reason

We fail to feel the wind,


The woods tattered with fallen leaves,

The slow cooling of the lakes,

And every detail spooling out from the visible



There is no reason

To wait for the next eclipse.


Stand up and look alive,

(Pack your plans in a suitcase.)

Wake up un-blinded to the waking



There is no reason

To wear dark glasses to filter out


The people who love you,

The faces of children,

And overhead the wild geese



There is no reason

For the real world to need us,


But we need what we fail to see.

(Box your dreams for a bit.)

Go out into the dark and lie lightly on the



There is no reason

Not to share each star

Circling in its own season.



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