Penumbral Eclipse

5 Mar

Her bloody eye, cratered and full,
winked at us, then shut itself for what seemed hours.
What appeared to be a miracle
would have caused disorder within our ancestors
so long ago.

We ritualized our own sacrifice,
knowing that lack of sleep
would rob us of our humor
to witness this special event.

Worth it to be grumpy
considering three hundred years can pass
before future lifeforms find themselves
awake at 5 in the morning,
openly wondering about their antecedents’ archaic rituals and customs.

~Edward Austin Robertson

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