Poetry Out Loud 16 March 2016

 

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Two amazing students went with me and one grandmother to Denver yesterday so they could compete Colorado’s state Poetry Out Loud competition. It was such an inspiring day and evening-to simply sit and enjoy poetry! Okay, some nerves were involved for the students, but nothing a little Cold Stone Creamery couldn’t ease. One of my favorite performances:

Very Large Moth By Craig Arnold

After D.H.L.

Your first thought when the light snaps on and the black wings
             clatter about the kitchen       is a bat
the clear part of  your mind considers rabies       the other part
             does not consider       knows only to startle
and cower away from the slap of  its wings       though it is soon
             clearly not a bat but a moth       and harmless
still you are shy of it       it clings to the hood of the stove
             not black but brown       its orange eyes sparkle
like televisions       its leg  joints are large enough to count
             how could you kill it       where would you hide the bodymoth-173624__180
a creature so solid must have room for a soul
            and if  this is so       why not in a creature
half  its size       or half its size again       and so on
             down to the ants       clearly it must be saved
caught in a shopping bag and rushed to the front door
             afraid to crush it       feeling the plastic rattle
loosened into the night air       it batters the porch light
             throwing fitful shadows around the landing
That was a really big moth       is all you can say to the doorman
             who has watched your whole performance with a smile
the half-compassion and half-horror we feel for the creatures
             we want not to hurt       and prefer not to touch
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About Sally Gerard

I am a writer, runner, teacher, singer, guitar player, mom, lover, coffee drinker, hunter, antique tractor driver, horsewoman, sister, and lover of the outdoors. Did I mention that I love lighthouses?
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