Hope: from a great comet

In the darkest night I seek you.

My not-so-celestial body,
Earth-bound in grief,
still scales the mountain and waits.

The blackout lifts
as you take the stage.

Though I realize you are not a star,
but rather, something more like me:
a rare event of mostly water
and other pieces —
fleeting things,

I marvel as you grace the sky.
Everything fades around you.

And I hope you know the mark you make.
I hope you know you’re seen as light.

NEOWISE viewed from Mt. Haleakalā 7/23/2020

“It all fades away but you.” – Jason Robert Brown (The Bridges of Madison County the musical)

Writing and photography by: Katy Claire Funke