PATH      OF     TOTALITY

the four of us
stuffed into the subaru
we made it just outside paducah
but all the campsites were flooded
so we found a clearing off a side road

after dusk, as we pitched our tents
andy’s headlamp revealed
eight million glistening eyes
in the grass we thought was
just laced with dew
only then we realized that
we were standing
in a sprawling field of spiders

if we disappear or vanish on the path
think nothing of it
save yourself the search
if we dissolve in the midday night
and there's no accumulation
let the new horizon grow

at dawn we packed up
and took off to the riverside
bought some ice and miller high life
we swam in the ohio
in the sweltering heat until
it was time to look up for exactly
one hundred and sixty-one seconds

the totality unveiled
eight million glistening stars
in the sky above, the ring of light burst from the eclipsing moon
we stood silently in awe, and i thought
I am safe,
i am safe, i am safe

if we disappear and vanish from the path
think nothing of it
save yourself the search
if we dissolve in the midday night
it's a reaccumulation
let the whole horizon glow

as we disappear and vanish from the path
think nothing of it
save yourself the search
as we dissolve in the midday night
in the reaccumulation
let the old horizon go




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