Dark Adaptation

At first
nothing

merely sky

because perceptions
withhold sight

and now you must wait

meditate

avoiding any point that blinds

till dimness dwindles
out of time

so distance withers without trace
and universe may show its face

and you could know
however far

the constellations
every star

exactly where they ought to be

once eyes prepare
to mind
and see.




Dark Adaptation © Copyright 2021, Robert J. Tiess.

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Quote challenge (in darkness you can see the stars) prompt - link: https://allpoetry.com/contest/2754994-Quote--15-

More about Dark Adaptation and human eyes:

https://www.nps.gov/articles/dark-adaptation-of-the-human-eye-and-the-value-of-red-flashlights.htm

https://www.open.edu/openlearn/ocw/mod/oucontent/view.php?id=96046žion=_unit3.1.1https ://www.open.edu/openlearn/ocw/mod/oucontent/view.php?id=96046žion=_unit3.1.1
Submitted: July 12, 2020









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