Today was the full solar eclipse.
Where I live, NW Montana, the eclipse was only partial.
I did not have special glasses to watch the moon cloak the suns light,
still I wanted to be outside under the veiling light.
The light did change,
a bit like the world looks with sunglasses on, less bright, a bit darker, a softness to life’s edges.
I walked around the forest and meadow coming to our dirt road where the shadows of the alder trees danced on the ground.
I noticed the shapes of the shadows!
it was the eclipse painted on the earth over and over again
so that is where I stopped to watch the veiling and unveiling of the sun
as the minutes passed
the light crescent shapes grew larger
as the moon passed between the sun and us
the shadows were expressed a bit different
through the giant spruce tree
I was delighted and kissed with awe
endlessly nature offers magic for us to discover
the moon had nearly passed the sun above
last I looked
full circles of light danced on the road
the fullness of the sun's light
has returned to our day