Eclipse/summer solstice/Juneteenth sonnet

(I lifted some phrases at the start and the finish from Cornell West. He won’t mind. “It’s not where you take it from – but where you take it to.”)

Some say we are in for grim times. They say
We should fortify our souls for the storms
Headed soon this way – put on the armor,
Set our sights on a distant unnamed star.

I am studying the constellations
Like our ancestors used to do. I stand
On their shoulders – holy ground. Through their eyes
I learn how they armed themselves and endured.

An annular eclipse coincided
With summer solstice this year. An omen
Of things to come, a lunar ring of fire
Not visible to seeking western eyes.

I saw it on YouTube. A ring of fire.
Let no man steal your joy, your sense of style.

2 thoughts on “Eclipse/summer solstice/Juneteenth sonnet

  1. Susan M Middleton

    Love this one! Western eyes are short sighted. EuroAmerican occidental ways will not be the source of salvation,
    they will not serve as the conveyance from the grim times. . . it’s the Old Ways, the holders of indigenous knowledge,
    that can shine a light and help guide the way. . .

    Like

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