Love Eclipsed


Just sitting here
awaiting the eclipse
as America considers
raising its eyes to the sun
to see the moon pass
in front of the light
to reveal the dark

Isn’t it ironic how
blind we already are
to the shadows cast on
our hearts Biases learned
in childhood reinforced
by the tribal attitudes
of our social peers

Our fear of others
who look act believe
different from our norms
fear that finds expression in
the barriers that separate
us into our isolations
of sheer arrogance

What but our pride
keeps the light of Love
from illuminating our lives
Greatness come from making
others larger than they are
more than what we are
dogs gnawing bones


About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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4 Responses to Love Eclipsed

  1. Great poem. I believe you included all the factors of our current society. Thanks for defining it.


  2. with age I’ve grown more fearful but less arrogant


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