Welcome to Poetry Friday. I’m happy to host the roundup today. The air is a little smoky in my neck of the woods, but not as bad as some of you are enduring. Here’s hoping that rain arrives soon and that smoke and haze disappear!
Fortunately I’m still able to spend time outside, watching all the critters that share our home, and trying to capture them with my camera. Two of those creatures inspired a little writing today. The first is a rough-draft of a rhyming poem about a cryptic Tulip-tree Beauty Moth. The second is a tanka inspired by the tiny monarch caterpillars creeping on the swamp milkweed near our dock.
Like a Moth to a Flame
No flash with his flutter,
he wears a disguise
that conceals him from beasts
with sharp beaks and bright eyes.
At dusk he alights
through the shadowy gloom.
Smitten, he flaps
towards his mate’s sweet perfume.
Tanka by the Swamp
Cloaked in bold colors,
caterpillar chomps through green.
Unperturbed by beaks
or jaws that plunder, devour,
she sews milkweed into wings.
Looking ahead, Irene Latham will be hosting Roundup on June 30, and she’s doing a “Moon in June” theme. On that day you’re invited to share a favorite moon poem (yours or someone else’s), a moon memory, a moon story, a moon dream…or whatever your moon-heart desires!
In the mean time, there are this week’s posts to enjoy! Please leave your Poetry Friday blog links below: