At age eight I made a decision,
To watch the solar eclipse without protection,
I did not know I must watch the reflection in the water,
After hours of watching I discovered in horror,
I was unable to see anything in front of me,
The thought I could not see taught me a valuable lesson.
I grew up and made the same blunder,
I turned down a job after a moment’s reflection,
The image in the mirror,
Revealed my misconception,
I must think before I ink was the conclusion.
After moments of introspection,
It became clear,
The need for help was buzzing in my ear,
I badly needed another opinion,
To do what is right was the only consideration.
English: Total Solar eclipse 1999 in France. * Additional noise reduction performed by Diliff. Original image by Luc Viatour. Français : L’éclipse totale de soleil en 1999 faite en France. * Réduction du bruit réalisée par Diliff. Image d’origine Luc Viatour. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
My experience with solar eclipse. I was in the lower grades. One day we found out, we’d have solar eclipse. I was thrilled I’d see it. It happened sometime during the day. My classmate saw it first. She called me to see it. I was happy I’d get the chance.
I was hooked I kept looking at it. It looked so different and interesting. I spent a long time looking at it. I wasn’t warned not to look at it directly.
I remember my father came home and said , ‘you shouldn’t look directly at the sun, it can cause permanent eye damage or blindness’. I was worried, I’d already spent a long time. I was afraid I couldn’t tell my father.
Next day I noticed everything was blurry. I knew I’d looked directly at the sun too long. What could I do,I thought I was already blind .Next few days were horrific. I told myself if somehow I started seeing clearly. I’d never repeat this.
It took probably a week before I saw clearly. I’d learned a huge lesson first hand. When I think of that now, I feel I am very lucky my eyes were not permanently damaged.