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eclipse shadows

In Northern California, pinholes between the tree leaves in late afternoon cast "camera obscura" shadows of the eclipsing sun onto the bright sides of our houses yesterday evening during the 2012 Annular Eclipse.


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“Roll on, sad world! not Mercury or Mars”


By Frederick Goddard Tuckerman


from Sonnets, Second Series




Roll on, sad world! not Mercury or Mars

Could swifter speed, or slower, round the sun,

Than in this year of variance thou hast done

For me. Yet pain, fear, heart-break, woes, and wars

Have natural limit; from his dread eclipse

The swift sun hastens, and the night debars

The day, but to bring in the day more bright;

The flowers renew their odorous fellowships;

The moon runs round and round; the slow earth dips,

True to her poise, and lifts; the planet-stars

Roll and return from circle to ellipse;

The day is dull and soft, the eave-trough drips;

And yet I know the splendor of the light

Will break anon: look! where the gray is white!




Source: American Poetry: The Nineteenth Century (The Library of America, 1993)

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Uploaded on May 21, 2012