Friday, May 28, 2010



Butterfly that has been erased,
its very name a blown-out flame.

Tiny ashen planets inhabiting porches,
doorways, halls, the grounds where

we embark and return. While
other beings sleep, the moths fly.

Pale thing that floats and clings
to lamps, flight shortened, tethered.

To the moth, a light bulb is a moon,
undiminishingly luminous.

When you next reenter your home
in the evening, moths clustered round

the light bulb like a living chandelier,
tell me that the glow rushing over

your porch isn’t lunar. That the white
bulb affixed above your door is not

a personal moon, this version bright,
just smaller, smoother than the other.


  1. Ah, the moths bring the moon. Very nice!

  2. Lovely to think of a light bulb as a moon that attracts the moth.

  3. I'm reminded of the beautiful moths we see whenever we rent a cabin in North Carolina.

  4. yes I see how moths could mistake the lamps for the moon, lovely words

  5. Oh, I love this one. Delightful, I can feel it's moth glow wash over me.


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