It is afternoon, a day on earth, a black woman sit in solace; Kalima look toward her photo of a prior penumbral eclipse, made in a roadtrip across the usa.
She continue to ignore the yells from her sanguine downstairs; they are ready to go to the July 4th Fireworks parade.
“COME ON!!!… I know you can hear me K! We are now in phase three and I want us to enjoy being outside, none of us have been out in months! PLEASE!”
Kalima lay back on her bed and put on a video online.
She can hear shuffling feet leaving the front door of the brownstone while she watch. She whisper: “see you soon” and continue to watch.
At the end of the video she sit at her writing desk and take out paper and pencil and ruler; she compose a poem using looped cursive penpersonship on clear paper using the ruler she crafted as a guidetool.
A male red winged blackbird sitting on a tree branch outside watch Kalima and see the following on the page, Kalima finished.
I know I’m free, while in an unfree place
To live in a free place… I must rally
Against Time’s steady pace, mortality
What certainty? The best finishing place
Choices I see? Bliss be the unfree place
Bliss out the unfree place, which choice is me?
History state no case… I must rally
Blind gamblin’ me, both length may eat my race
A bird yell free! I wingless… stall my race
Wait in the unfree place, one day for me
I see Time with it’s pace, safe while I see
I will rally, to live in a free place
The small uncaged passerine fly away, singing. Kalima look to the window and go to her bed, and lay thinking, and sleeping.
A gentle nudge and a wet kiss on the cheek, wake Kalima up, from a figure unknown of body while familiar in voice.
“Come on K, we are all back now, we want to tell you about our trip, especially little Bee”
“Oh, hey Ma”
Kalima plus her mother embrace.
“Here is some chocolate bars, colored like the flag, I know! but Mister Mohammed made them and I know you support Black business”
Kalima took a whiff of the chocolate, and smiled with yummies.
Her mother pass her a photo of the clan, taken by uncle george.
And, Kalima’s mother pass Kalima another of a firework by uncle george.
Kalima’s mother continue: “Fun…We will meet you downstairs and you can tell us about tonights eclipse ok”
“It’s late, little Bee will want to stay up, so we need to get the hammock out for him”
“ok”: Kalima’s mother leave, and Kalima look to the moon.
Kalima place her chocolate in her minifridge and open her door to the sound of laughter and joy. She smile in the night, for another day.
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Catholic saint day for dominicus, patron saint of astronomers
Aug 3 Full Moon at noon
Aug 4 Moon, Saturn, Jupiter and Spica line up around 10 PM looking south
Aug 8 Mars, Moon, Saturn, and Jupiter line up around midnight looking southeast
Aug 9 Moon at apogee (251,400 miles away)
Aug 12 Perseid meteor shower peaks, pre-dawn
Aug 11 Third Quarter Moon at 12:45 PM
Aug 18 New Moon at 10:40 PM
Aug 21 Moon at perigee (225,900 miles away)
Aug 25 First Quarter Moon at 1:57 PM
Aug 29 Saturn, Jupiter, Moon form a small triangle, under the big Summer Triangle, midnight