Several unreliable sources list August 21 as Poetry Day. This poem is by Barry Middleton.
August 21, 2017
Once feared as omen from an angry god,
the sun’s eclipse gives cause to celebrate.
With passing time we see all things anew.
The sky is blue; the people congregate.
Why is this rare event so powerful?
Perhaps we celebrate an end to guile,
and darkest superstitions of the past,
although for some old fears remain in style.
This grace filled day reminds us of an age,
when all our world was deaf and mute and blind.
And so we cheer because at last we see,
the light returns and life and peace of mind.
Though times are dark the darkness cannot stay,
the universal fire will always burn.
Today I hope the world may see the clue,
to cherish light is what we all must learn.