The Eclipse – A Haiku

Disappearing sun
bright in the afternoon sky–
Just usually

“The Eclipse” is a poem to memorialize the total solar eclipse that occurred on August 21, 2017 across the United States. Sadly, I wasn’t able to view it as I’m half-way across the world. Nonetheless, it brought back great memories of when I was a child attempted to view an eclipse during elementary school. It was a great time and I look forward to being able to view the next one.

Gary R. Hess

Gary was born and raised on a small farm in rural Kansas. Today, he is teaching various nationalities English in Southeast Asia. Get his newest poetry eBook here.


  1. It was beautiful. The light slowly faded away, then was gone, tree frogs came out, the corona illuminated the edges of the moon- a soft white light…. Next eclipse visible in the states will be in 2024- highly recommended to see it in totality somewhere in the world one day! when the moon covers the sun, you can look straight at it, and see the corona of the sun like a crown around it. best viewed with binoculars or a telescope. (this is different from an annular eclipse where the moon is too far to cover the whole sun, and so we can’t look straight at it. but in a total eclipse, many things are possible…). great haiku.

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