a ritual for the twenty-third Total Lunar Eclipse of this century
© Vincent Hostak, November 7, 2022
Sit by a retaining pond which held back the flood Or, if your hand is steady raise a spoon of clear water one which carried food to your family's lips. Sit quietly, as you would to honor one confessing their grief or declaring their joy. Stay mute as you consider this moon's twin in the pool, its study in the spoon. You do not influence its orbit, its temporary coral hue, nor its inclination to hide for an hour or two in your shadow. But, you may think of everyone you wish to carry to safety. Before you begin: vote.
Photo attribution, Creative Commons 0, Public Domain Dedication by Giuseppe Donatiello from Oria (Brindisi), Italy