The Poetry of Ellin Anderson

MOTH SUMMER

Ellin Anderson
 

Mist of a million facets
Came swirling through July,
Compelled by unseen alphabets
That spelled out how to die

In heaps below the heartless glare
Of supermarket lights,
In drifts that slicked the bridges where
The swarms filled pearly nights

And left white ribbons on the tar
Like salt-stains on a beach;
And mobbed the headlights of my car
So many moons to reach!

Cold orbs shook off a scaly snow
With nonpareils of jet
For eyes, fixed on the Alpine glow
Through one last minuet

Beneath a streetlight where each ray
Struck twenty petal hues
Borne off in gutters to the bay,
And on the soles of shoes.

He lusted after fire
That oblivious embrace
But light can be a liar,
And, denied its final grace,

He beat against the bitter glass,
A dance of vanity
Concluded on the dewy grass
And then, the moth was free.
 

2008 by Ellin Anderson. All rights reserved.
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