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"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare

James B. Nicola

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Moth and Flame

The random danger in the way it glows
in tongues of light, fingers of heat, or both,
makes any flame attractive to the moth.
Or that he knows

how easy it is to avoid its sting:
Day creatures do it all the time. But I,
smitten and nocturnal, could only fly
into the thing

that's no thing, can't be held, only contained.
Now, like the daisy which some youth, to settle
his aching, has plucked free of every petal,
I'm wingless and

howl nightly warnings upward at the sky
unheard by other moth men winging by.