Tendrils reach outward, say,
“I am here, always.”
Relative darkness, the key.
Emission standards do not apply.
Plasma temperature in excess of one
million kelvin will not aid in circulation.
What does a crater care?
Still rimmed with shadow,
its light is a mere reflection.
When orienting a sundial
on the moon, factor in
earthlight, keep clear of dust.
Disregard when crossing the terminator.
Cicadas anticipate end of totality.
Shadows shift as tendrils
recede. Crescent phase begins.
Passing thoughts take root.
Ken Gierke started writing poetry in his forties, but found new focus when he retired. It also gave him new perspectives, which come out in his poetry, primarily in free verse and haiku. His work has appeared at Vita Brevis, The Ekphrastic Review and Tuck Magazine. His website: https://rivrvlogr.wordpress.com.