Etch me into the horizon

photo by JAMILA

Preparing for an eclipse can be like approaching a shadow

Etch me into the horizon

Draw the outline first so I’ll know where to stand
and in new light, recast my shadow
so I’ll learn where I’ve been
and where I must go

Stage left, sunrise
Stage right, sunset

Shakespeare marveled at the interplay
of intrinsic life cycles
in which the only certainty
is change

The human eye cannot withstand the full breadth of light
in the Universe
and so we witness it in stages,
in cycles, in pieces to our
consciousness puzzle

shadow (v.) Middle English schadowen, Kentish ssedwi, from late Old English sceadwian “to protect as with covering wings” (also see overshadow), from the root of shadow (n.).

The shadow is the barrier, the shield, and protection
is only needed for what is deemed sacred

They call them “hidden gems,”
the inner strengths we have yet to uncover

Similar formation in Old Saxon skadoian, Dutch schaduwen, Old High German scatewen, German (über)schatten. From mid-14c. as “provide shade;” late 14c. as “cast a shadow over” (literal and figurative), from early 15c. as “darken” (in illustration, etc.). Meaning “to follow like a shadow” is from c. 1600 in an isolated instance; not attested again until 1872. Related: Shadowed; shadowing.

For where we stood, they appeared dark and ominous,
certainly something worth hiding

shadow (n.) Old English sceadwe, sceaduwe “the effect of interception of sunlight, dark image cast by someone or something when interposed between an object and a source of light.”

Little did we know:
we were the ones standing in the way
of their illumination

We are heavenly bodies
just doing our eclipse thing

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