The Smallest of Them


The first moths to appear this year
are barely visible, so pale
or transparent their wings
and of their torsos
little can be said except
that they are slender and tremble
like needles freed from a compass
to point at the stars.

Some cling

to the window screen, some press
themselves to glass
obsessed by the light behind it,
and one is found at dawn
floating on water
in a dish by the house
where a hand might still reach
to rescue it:

a fingerprint

rising toward to the sun.

By David Chorlton

Tiny brown moth on green leaf

National Moth Week is July 23 – 31
Learn More at National Moth Week Headquarters: NationalMothWeek.org


David Chorlton is a transplanted European, who has lived in Phoenix since 1978. His poems have appeared in many publications on- and off-line, and reflect his affection for the natural world, as well as occasional bewilderment at aspects of human behavior. His most recent book, A Field Guide to Fire, was his contribution to the Fires of Change exhibition shown in Flagstaff and Tucson in Arizona. Click HERE to visit his web site.

Macro Photo by Pieter De Pauw

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