with a view like this you can’t blame anyone
for putting on a tracksuit to try and escape.
look at it go! look at it cross the sky with a flash,
as if lightning had decided “i like where i am.
i think i’m going to sit here a little while.”
we’ve all been waiting and now, finally,
it’s decided to show itself and say hello,
and boy, did it make a debut or what?
coming around once things had started getting tense
and adding a bit of sparkle to the insanity.
i can hardly see it. there’s so many trees.
“once in a lifetime,” ruined by clouds.
but then, a shift, and there it is, clear as day,
a streak of beauty and find me crying,
“please, i don’t belong here, take me with you!”
This poem was initially written on July 11th, 2020, to commemorate the appearance of C/2020 F3, or the NEOWISE comet.
Rachel Davis ’22 is a current junior at Sweet Briar.