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Dawn to Dusk to Dawn

Ecliptic Acrostic

By Gerard DiLeoPublished 2 months ago Updated 2 months ago 1 min read
Photo by Gerard DiLeo

1918, Idaho

Eternity, punctuated, when

Cirdadian expectations fail

Lacing horizons with copper hues

In rusty, circumferential manifest

Penumbrae waxing in precarious

Syzygy toward totality

Enabling such pageantry


1970 Georgia

Evening creatures take flight

Cicadas, then, sorties of birds

Lulled into the false dusk

In anachronistic lotteries of survival

Pitting consumption against consuming

Struggling katydids and crickets aspire to compete

Embracing the ruse


1994, Arizona

Each creature knows, but not why

Confused but directed

Light's fade engages

Instruction sets, ancient

Primevally programmed

Spring Peepers and wood frogs join the chorus

Ears of owls, pivot to hone in


2017, Tennessee

Excitement invokes reverent whispers

Cooing, but from the human creatures instead

Losing carats, as the sky's jewel,

Is a diamond on its ring, only beads peaking through

Promiscuous forays into obsidian

Shadow bands' coalescence serves the day, night



2024, Vermont

Evocations of antidiluvian fears

Creaming to the top of limbic memories

Lost when science, long ago, methodically

Intercepted superstition from religious codependence

Purging us from the terror of the false dawn

Sol anthropomorphically winking at us

Enlightened from the darkness, we now wink back



Author's Note: this poem, entered into the "In Eclipse" Challenge, has a companion prose piece submitted for Monday, Solar Eclipse Day, April 8, as Day #99 of Story-a-Day Challenge: "The Second Coming."

Title photo was an iPhone panorama I shot during totality in Gallatin City Cemetery in Gallatin, Tennessee, August 21, 2017.

Total Solar Eclipse in a Graveyard--how can you do better than that?

nature poetryFree Verse

About the Creator

Gerard DiLeo

Retired, not tired. In Life Phase II: Living and writing from a decommissioned church in Hull, MA. (Phase I was New Orleans and everything that entails. Hippocampus, behave!


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  • Joe O’Connor2 months ago

    I love the creative take on this one Gerard, and how you've used your own experiences to inform how you wrote your entry. Some excellent words in here, and the changed experience across different places and times is a unique touch. "Lulled into the false dusk" is a great line:)

  • Shirley Belk2 months ago

    love it!

  • Andrea Corwin 2 months ago

    This was absolutely amazing! I loved the style and the descriptions are colorful. 😍😍😍😍

  • Paul Stewart2 months ago

    I have penumbra in my second entry! Snap lol! This was brilliant and I love what you did with it. Way too many amazing lines to mention lol. You are such an elegant, but challenging writer, Gerard. Love the ingenuity at work here!

  • L.C. Schäfer2 months ago

    "the sky's jewel is a diamond on its ring" - I loved that bit! And I love syzygy. I'd forgotten about that word. What a corker 😁

  • Whoaaaa, this was magnificent! Loved your set of acrostics! Also, I never knew about katydids until today!

  • Natasha Collazo2 months ago

    You have an admirable way with words! Good luck on the challenge

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