Poetica Magazine

Poetica Magazine

A change is gonna come”

        Sam Cooke, 1964

Talking about the strength of moths,

how they undergo a metamorphosis

from the staying power

of a plodding caterpillar

into the grace of dustlike scales

on the beauty of open wings.

They fade into their surroundings,

hide in the silence of wool and cotton wads.

Yet when a light beams,

they fly to their fate,

their luminous feathery antennae

sensing their only direction.