Phalera bucephala

Phalera bucephala

Phalera bucephala

Or buff-tip—
           a heavy-bodied moth
with grey forewings
           and a prominent buffpatch
at the apex : its hindwings
           are creamy white
but its thoracic hair
           is buff too

A night errant
            it rides the June or July skies
and is pulled but not driven
           to the light
At rest it resembles
           a broken twig :
the deadly laburnam
           is its favoured foodplant

John Lyons

 

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Light

Light

Put out the light
           and put out the light
nothing metaphorical about it
           light is life
light of my life
           and lovelessness
a dark state
           flowers that spread
their petals by day
           that close down at dusk

Androsthenes
           friend of Alexander the Great
324 BC
           observed that the leaves
on the tamarind tree
           opened and closed
from day to night :
           the phytochromatic
properties of plants
           that alter to feed
on red or far red light
           the spectrum of love
that lies beneath the surface
           that moves all things

Love too is process
           warmth 
enlightenment that feeds into life
           nourishes the heart
summer goes winter goes
           love remains

John Lyons