Sunday, August 22, 2010

moth or mammoth








a moth hovers on ground
its wings broken
only a few hours
but its life cut short
I pick it up
place it on my palm
pitifully it watches me
(or so I think)
time does not travel for it
radial light beckons it
with much effort
dangerously dangling
it rises and falls to the ground.
nothing gets done. nothing gets done.

30 comments:

Diane T said...

I think a moth only lives 24 hours. So sad, really, compared to our lives! And then there's the mammoth...

flaubert said...

poignant poem Gautami!
Pamela

BJ Roan said...

Nice poem. Poor moth!

Ramesh Sood said...

But it rises.. enough..and then kind hearts offer the injured soothing touch.. lovely poem Gautami..

Tilly Bud said...

Poor moth! Nicely done.

Carina said...

Very vivid and well done.

Donn said...

You're MOTHering that Moth :)

Touchy Poem - Best Poems Collection said...

What did you do with that moth then?

Wayne Pitchko said...

lovely Gautami....I do not like killing or destroying anything...but sometimes those MOsquitos get the best of me...we try talking nice to them.....they just keep swarming...anyways I always enjoy your words.....take care

anthonynorth said...

I suppose out of all living things, we have the strangest appreciation of time.

keiths ramblings said...

I don't normally take much notice of moths, but I will in the future!

Whitesnake said...

You you always live in the dark?

But then again it produces your best work aye........

Elizabeth said...

I love the respect you show toward all of life. Would that others would do the same. Terrific write, as usual,

Elizabeth

RiikaInfinityy said...

Remind me of mayfly somehow :) It can only live 30minutes to a day once it reached its adulthood, life is really short:<

Systematic Weasel said...

An excellent post! =) The moth has my sympathies, lol. Wonderfully written!

-Weasel

adventuresinpoesy said...

Like my day. :) great poem and well put.

Someone Is Special said...

very poignant poem.. I loved it..

--Someone Is Special--

WarmSunshine said...

nicely done!

Rajlakshmi said...

sad yet beatifuly portrayed...
you really have a way with words...

Geraldine said...

Your work speaks volumes. I really enjoyed reading this Guatami.

I also understand your comment re: summer, I'm not one either!

Hugs, G

www.mypoeticpath.wordpress.com

robkistner said...

So many moths, so many broken wings in this world...

...rob

Aoife.Troxel said...

So many broken moths, but yet, it could have been a butterfly. And therein lies sorrow for a beautiful life cut short.

Ann (bunnygirl) said...

A sad little poem. One can read it for what it is, or as something symbolic.

I found a stunningly beautiful moth on vacation one year. It looked like it had been painted by Zunis or some other Native American tribe. Nature is so amazing.

Greta said...

I loved "moth or mammoth." I have a photo I took of a luna moth when I was at a writers retreat recently. I hadn't realized until then that this type only lives 24-76 hours and in the moth phase they have no mouth and that their only function is to procreate. It was living on the ceiling in the lodge where I slept and when it began "rising and falling", I took it outside where it could die peacefully in the green grass.

John's comments said...

Interesting reflection on time and the opportunities open to us. Thanks for dropping by, My Sunday Scribble

jaerose said...

Nothing gets done..yet everything gets done - albeit quickly. Beautifully put..as brief, mighty and succinct as the moth's life itself..thanks for your visit..Jae

Julie Jordan Scott said...

I enjoy imagining you holding that moth. I have written poetry about insects from time to time so reading this one delights me...

Poor little thing...

My Carry On Tuesday Poem, Facts and Figures.

vivinfrance said...

Lovely poem - my garbled thoughts
properly expressed. I wonder if moths feel time at the same pace that we do.

Mia said...

I love this. Beautiful, sad, powerful; so many emotions in this poem.

KB said...

Poor, wee moth. So sad.

Mine’s here.