like a moth to a flame…

a good idea

off & on sleeping finally wore
off. i woke into the right mix;
little bit of blue, lotta orange,
formed up evenly & split.
everything went as planned,
right as rain, conquering
without lifting a finger.

i know why i feel so strong;
even at this hour balloons
rise; i spat mine out
of frosted lungs. ceremony
demands i spend a few hours
smoking outside, listening
to Nick Drake sing from
a rope.

he was made to love magic;
my only tricks come
from Southern Lights just
outside the empire’s visible
collarbone. still,
can’t complain.

riding high at almost five,
not thinking about anything
except whether to shave
my chin, or what i’d look-
like with short hair, or
a bandanna.

too much work: i’m
involved staring
skyward, internally debating
which lights are stars
& which are planes.
it doesn’t really matter;
they’re both alluring
through the cold air.


Sometimes I like to wonder who let me out, and if they aren’t looking for me through a hole in the fence thinking “maybe giving him a way out wasn’t such a good idea.” Having repeated the average evening 4 times in two days at every hour possible, the mind reels with probabilities. Good to get away from the real world. Now if someone could drop off some of those frozen strawberry bars and a few ripe mangoes we’d really be partying.

19 Responses to “like a moth to a flame…”

    • Thanks for the notice Jingle. You’re easily one of the nicest and kindest people I haven’t met. Welcome back anytime, and I will be repaying the visit over to your site.

  1. dig the style of this, and am particularly drawn to that first verse… sweet.

  2. It is a sweet one indeed to be read at night.. very softly it ends at a note that is indeed beautiful..

    Here’s mine:

    All the Best

    Greetings, friend!!
    It is Monday, I sincerely invite you to join us for a Monday Poetry Potluck party, bring in 1 to 3 poem treats to share, and have fun tasting other poets treats.
    You will have 60 hours enjoying the fun.
    Hurry up, the more you share, the happier we are.
    Hope to see you in our party, hurry up, the earlier you are in, the more traffic you get…
    to link in, click on the link via this comment, then look at the blue link button at the end of the post, click on the button, have your poem link copy and pasted in the first box, then enter your name, at last your email address…let us know if you need help by leaving a comment under the same post…

    • Great to hear from you Olivia, I’m always happy when you stop by. I did indeed submit two poems to Poetry Potluck, and was debating on putting up a third (as it happens, this was the poem I was considering as my 3rd submission!) Perhaps I will link it in later today. Thanks for the kindness and for reading, I sincerely appreciate it. Take care and keep up the great writing!


    • Thanks for reading Teresa. I will check out your poem next, I love being able to exchange poems so easily with the rest of the poetry community at large. Thanks again for stopping by, hope to see ya round TFBP & cant wait to read your poetry.


  4. love your idea…

    Glad to see you 3rd link.

    • Jingle, as always a pleasure to see your comments. I don’t know how you keep everything moving; you rock! You do so much for online poetry I may have to write a poem about you! Hope you are having a good evening,


  5. Almost all the heavenly bodies are alluring and more so if they are seen through the cold air.. I loved the imagery of the same…

    ॐ नमः शिवाय
    Om Namah Shivaya
    Twitter: @VerseEveryDay

    • As always, good to hear from you. I’m glad you liked the imagery, I chose the space stuff as a symbol mostly because I was thinking about Billy Bragg’s famous line in ‘A New England” when he says :it’s wrong to wish on space hardware” or something similar, I’m too tired to look up the actual lyric. At any rate, thanks for reading and I’m glad you enjoyed the poem. Have a good day,


      • thanks for the comment and I will try to look up Billy Bragg… and feel your verse more closely…

        ॐ नमः शिवाय
        Om Namah Shivaya

  6. I enjoyed reading this.
    I especially enjoyed the final stanza.
    Peace to you,

  7. You really have a way with words, I am in awe of your talent! Truly brilliant!

  8. I really enjoyed this; you have a way with words.

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