An Agnostic Physicst Muses Upon the Dawn

                                Peter Shor

The dark line parting earth and sky starts bleeding red,
And as we watch, the bloodstains through the heavens spread
Until a rush of crimson drowns the night;

And now the east dissolves in streaks of brilliant fire,
And now we see, first on the brim, then rising higher,
The wounded sun, pierced by a shaft of light.

Oh, tell me, was this merely nuclear reaction,
Celestial mechanics, scattering and refraction,
Or was there some intent behind this sight?

I suspect the meteorological phenomenon the agnostic physicist saw was a sun pillar.
See the picture below for an example of one. And here is an interesting webpage with
a picture of one that matches the description in the poem more closely (although it's
not public domain, so I didn’t use it).

On the other hand, what do I know? I’m just the author, and if you listen to me, you are
succumbing to the intentional fallacy.

Sun Pillar
Photo from NOAA photo library. Photographer: Rear Admiral Harley D. Nygren (ret.)