We are in the eclipse time, the time when the Moon obscures the light of the Sun and the sky goes dark except for a ring of fire that will be visible only in a narrow band that runs through central and northeast Africa, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, northern India, and southern China including Taiwan. These areas of the world may be more significantly affected by the eclipse in terms of seismic activity and eruptions of various kinds, including Covid-19. If you missed my article on the eclipse you can find it here.
Meanwhile, though, in the midst of chaos we can still find beauty and peace in the natural world.
The Peace of Wild Things
When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.