Eclipsed: August 28

by Pamela Johnson Parker

The lunar eclipse started here about an hour ago. First the moon blushed rose, then reddened, then her center went rust-yellow, as though she were painted with Betadine. Her core disappeared, the word m-o-o-n erased into a singular lower-case o. Hollowed circle, scooped-out melon. Her edges were cantaloupe, then copper-clad, then vanished, and as she disappeared faint stars usually lost in her brightness emerged, lights flickering through the leaves of the water maples like fireflies at dusk. Emmett Till died on this date, at 14: Fifty-two years extinguished like the moon.


Pamela Johnson Parker, author of Antiques Roadshow: Marriage c. 1967, is an MFA student and adjunct creative writing instructor at Murray State University in Kentucky. She blogs at Pamela's Musings.


Madam Z said...

Absolutely beautiful.

Anonymous said...

Brilliant example of the emerging electronic literature genre.

Anonymous said...

I have read this piece several times today - in fact, I just burned dinner (works better than lean cuisine!) because I keep re-reading this. Like Madam Z, I find it beautiful but at the same time, especially after reading the link to Emmett Till, I have a thousand other feelings. This is the stuff of long dicussion not short comments - a very powerful "6".

A. J. Patrick Liszkiewicz said...

Beautiful, Pamela! Well done.