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A special Solar Eclipse

Awesome to witness this extraordinary phenomena 
The famous  rare' Ring of Fire' right over Africa!!
Today the sun's a terrific ruby ring in Tanzania
A fiery stunning cerise circumference, special effects, credits Creator Allah
As the luminous moon is bid to veil the dazzling sun
As it casts its amazing antumbra
Upon the terrestrial sphere, aqua and terrafirma 

It's a new Moon and the moon is at its apogee
The Moon, earth and sun aligned in a fine straight line
As the trio are lined up for the superb syzygy!
The moon superimposed upon the sun, juxtaposed for a contrasting 'ring effect'
 Both of them as if grinning and glowing in glee

Bailey's beads of light art' seen
Towards the Moon's trailing edge
The sun's photosphere is seen as a bright ring of rays
Around the dusky disc of  the marvellous moon
Two Heavenly Bodies as if joined in  honeymoon's loving embrace
And we in Tanzania lucky to be in the path of the moon's antumbra
The moon's aphotic silhouette glides across the sun's face
Beckoning people to gaze up the mighty Heavens
This eclipse can only happen during the new Moon phase
I fantasise that instead of circus tigers the Leo star shall jump
Through this flaming ring of the sun's corona
The golden rim's like a great glorious necklace
That the moon gifts to the sun, as designed by Allah

So people are tuned to the firmament 
Gazing with goggles in all wonderment 
At this striking celestial show which requires us Muslims to pray the special prayer of signs 
The namaze  Ayaat to celebrate and supplicate to God' s glory gratefully 
So hallowed be God and hail to the moon and beauteous blazing boundary
Afforded to us as we are treated to it for free

( a must read the foot notes below for interesting info, as we in Tanzania are treated to this rare annular solar eclipse)

The solar eclipse happened on 1st September, also my parents marriage anniversary.

I found this Wikipedia commentary ESP interesting since I have been in Tanzania for over a decade now):
SOLAR ECLIPSE Ring of Fire report: source Wikipedia;

The best vantage point was in Tanzania and Reunion Island.

The longest eclipse was visible in Tanzania, peaking at 12:06 p.m. local time and plummeting the sunny day into partial darkness.

Spreading across a 60-mile (100km) radius, those outside the full eclipse were able to enjoy a still impressive partial eclipse.

Partial #solareclipse right now in #Joburg - max at 11:02

— Candice De Carvalho (@CandiceSAfrica) September 1, 2016
@Slooh Partial solar eclipse from Arusha, Tanzania.

— Dominyk Lever (@zoOmphotosafari) September 1, 2016
Also known as an annular eclipse, the ‘ring of fire’ is a rare treat, with only three more to occur this decade.

Unlike a total eclipse, the moon is smaller than the sun when it passes by it, producing a ring effect. 

And There We Go....The Solar Eclipse in Full Effect! #katumabushlodge #katavinationalpark #mbalimbali #Tanzania #africa #african#africanadventure #nature #solareclipse #solar #eclipse #wanderlust
A photo posted by Katuma Bush Lodge (@katumabushlodge) on Sep 1, 2016 at 1:42am PDT
September starting with a solar eclipse. Spectacular view! #HappyNewMonth#RwOT#Rwandapic.twitt

— IGIHE (@igihe) September 1, 2016
Those lucky enough to witness an annular eclipse hopefully remembered that even with massive reduction of light, it is still unsafe to look directly at the sun and was better viewed through a filter, pinhole, or the safety of RT's live stream.

Copyright © S.zaynub Kamoonpuri | Year Posted 2016


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  1. Date: 9/19/2016 3:09:00 PM

    You have captured this brilliant eclipse in words that describe the natural world. Fantastic, brilliant. Tony Kirk
  1. Date: 9/6/2016 1:06:00 PM

    thankyou for sharing and letting us know about the nature and its beauties across boundaries you know these days we have an eclipse too everywhere in my part of world but that is a little different ,eclipse of death please pray for kashmir #loveforTanzania
  1. Date: 9/5/2016 9:49:00 AM

    well written and very informative..
  1. Date: 9/5/2016 1:03:00 AM

    Fantastically descriptive capture of a very special moment and I enjoy the fact that it was your parents anniversary at the same time.- very special All the best there - keep on writing. Mark
  1. Date: 9/5/2016 12:38:00 AM

    Hello there in Tanzania! I sure wish I could have seen this beautiful eclipse. Your description of it was so amazing. Thank you for sharing.
  1. Date: 9/4/2016 9:13:00 PM

    Wow...I really like this.
  1. Date: 9/4/2016 6:07:00 PM

    wow, you really were affected by that!! I just read another poet's poem on this great event. I wonder if it was even seen in my part of the world. it sounds so amazing and your poem did it justice
  1. Date: 9/4/2016 5:30:00 PM

    You impress with your captivating descriptive powers. Free verse at its best. I have never witnessed such an astounding solar eclipse! Thank you for the informative footnotes, too. Regards // paul
  1. Date: 9/4/2016 4:33:00 PM

    a rare experience there you know, and it's special indeed. I wonder if I'll have the luck of sighting something like that someday. been long I came around here, but I couldn't resist it when you asked nicely, best wishes and this write is as awesome as the great phenomena it is about. well written.
  1. Date: 9/4/2016 4:03:00 PM

    sounds like it was quite a sight...have seen a few eclipses over the years and they are all very exciting to I ever saw was at sea while on a sailing trip...will have to search the archives for the daughter was not one yet..she is 22 now the rhymes in apogee, syzygy, and glee.. :) PS - you may wish to revise your form as it is not blank verse.