Total Solar Eclipse

37.6049° N, 88.3847° W

The light is starting to change. The contrast and saturation drops. You start to feel something, but you’re not sure. Do you feel it yet? Oh yes, now I feel it. You are in a dream now. 90 degrees cools to a tolerable temperature. Little fish are frantic in the lake, we see a snake, an egret perches in the tree, a rose mallow folds up, a couple looks at the sun and moon coming together. It’s happening. The moon and sun are becoming one, beads of light appear, then the diamond ring. The glasses come off and you hear the collective gasp. You cannot describe or photograph this event and understand what it is like. There are mediocre comparisons, but it’s not really describable.

It is nothing like a partial eclipse. The image of the corona around the moon burns into you, your heart is open, you might cry, but you don’t. There is an instinct to run, or to die, or to jump into eternity, but you’re already there. Or maybe you remember being born now. You are an animal. Time stops and speeds up. You are on another planet. The light flashes and flushes back over the world back. 2 minutes and 37 seconds have passed. It’s over.