nklatt, "occultation over Foot Lake in Willmar, MN," 2009
“An occultation is an event that occurs when one object is hidden by another object that passes between it and the observer.” -Wikipedia
Celestial bodies often play a sort of sleight of hand, leaving astronomers to look for the absence of a star, a galaxy, as evidence of something unseen—a cloud of cosmic dust, a dark twin orbiting a brighter sibling, its transit only noticed when what’s missing returns. But here, on this thin crumbling crust, isn’t occultation an everyday occurrence? A man steps in front of me, hiding a peacock from my sight. A small plane passes low overhead, and in passing, reveals a fat full moon. A memory of heartache casts old shadows that transit between us, absenting us from one another until the darkness passes, revealing that love had always been.