Like A Comet

 

In a momentary blaze of glory appears the brilliant display,
Just a flash and it disappears, the heavens dark again. It will not stay.
As with so many of heaven’s wonders, we can only marvel and reflect
About the mysteries known and unknown. We ponder, think, try to detect

What formulates the mighty secrets we don’t yet know.
With this quiet thought I saw an analogy that perhaps can show
The great heroes who’ve sparked, comet-like upon the earthly scene
In a momentary flash of glory. Then life moved on. They might never have been.

Lucile I. Burke
Aug. 2, 1995