Academic journal article Dialogue : A Journal of Mormon Thought

Gaius

Academic journal article Dialogue : A Journal of Mormon Thought

Gaius

Article excerpt

I cannot look at moths.

One seizes himself from

spade to spade, in

the haggard mat of grass roots, and

I feel impatient with the

inefficiency of frenetic,

blind antennae.

Still it is my lawn,

great, or small and disturbed.

It's all my glorious mix of crab

and Florida blue,

roaring ant lions,

and creaking night crawler.

Even the scat of a neighborhood pet

that wandered off the street.

And those triangular wings-

the wings of a folded airplane-

I f linch away from the thick fuzz

of antennae, and even in f linching

I confess it to myself

and to the kingdom of heaven:

If I wish to claim a piece of nature,

I cannot, then, shudder at

the badgering about my nightlights,

the cloud that erupts from

my stalest firewood boxes.

I must admire even the needle nozzle, with

its fan of wasted breath, and listen

to the dull buzz of electricity.

I keep my switches f licked for the

wash of heat that warms and lights

a squat little body,

hovering on a windmill of wingbeats. …

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