Your Eclipse

of the sun behind the moon,
filmy sheen of fire

crowning the disk of
darkness: people want to see
it, just to see it.

This is their only
chance and it is dangerous.
Looking your dear one

in the face, behold
the eclipse of your earthly
self — just to see it.

Author: Tom D'Evelyn

Tom D'Evelyn is a private editor and writing tutor in Portland OR and, thanks to the web, across the US and in the UK. He can be reached at D'Evelyn has a PhD in Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley. Before retiring he held positions at The Christian Science Monitor, Harvard University Press, Boston University and Brown University. He ran a literary agency for ten years, publishing books by Leonard Nathan and Arthur Quinn, among others. Before moving to Portland OR he was managing editor at Single Island Press, Portsmouth NH. He blogs at and other sites.

3 thoughts on “Your Eclipse”

  1. It must have been a magnificent sight Tom! I’ve seen it only once, years ago here in England. I like the way you’ve played with the significance of it in your poem too, moving on from the physical event itself.


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