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in the event


By Mark FrancisPublished about a month ago 1 min read
Top Story - April 2024
(Image by author.)

early on we assumed a dragon

came to eat the sun

light itself threatened by the cosmos

in our later enlightenment

picnic under heaven’s shadows

shaped up as the ritual norm

even now, though: smiles slip to gasps


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Mark Francis

Published translator of verse and original writer of haiku, senryu, lyric, occasional and genre poetry and speculative fiction.

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  • Hopeful30 days ago

    Mark, this is marvelous. Leave it to you to capture the hungry dragons.

  • Gloria Penelopeabout a month ago


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  • The Writer about a month ago

    nice one!!!

  • Leslie Writesabout a month ago

    This is great. Congrats on the TS

  • Ameer Bibiabout a month ago

    Congratulations 🎉🎉 for top story .You radiate positivity! Your energy uplifts everyone around you.

  • Esala Gunathilakeabout a month ago

    congrats for your top story.

  • Lamar Wigginsabout a month ago

    Simplistic, yet full of awe and wonder. Congrats on your Top Story!

  • Joe O’Connorabout a month ago

    I like the contrast between what we used to think of eclipses vs our calm understanding of them now. And “ smiles slip to gasps” shows that they still hold a sense of wonder for us. Nicely done Mark:)

  • Cathy holmesabout a month ago

    This is lovely. Congrats on the TS.

  • JBazabout a month ago

    Clever adaptation and use of the word Adds a story book feel to this piece Congratulations

  • Melissa Ingoldsbyabout a month ago

    Like a new myth and/or a new fable with a great interpretation of intensity

  • Mark Grahamabout a month ago

    This is one way of looking at such a historical event.

  • Andrea Corwin about a month ago

    Nice take on the eclipse acrostic!

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