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Chard deNiord: To the Luna Moth

“Out of nowhere, which is every-
where, I sang to you with a tongue
in the form of a leaf as you fell
asleep: ‘My love, my beauty,
my changeling, the sky
is your chrysalis; so lie
inside its blue long enough
to feel the ribs of your wings
begin to grow, then grow some
more until they’re long enough
to form a thin prehensile frame
for the delicate veil that spans
their arc with a fabric that seems
too frail at first to lift you up
but does somehow, infused
as it is with a tensile strength
that forms in a dream inside
the dark in which you fly
and land, land and fly among
the leaves where you were born
a worm and then transformed
to a miracle that flies
on waking a second time,
as if waking were the dream
and the dream the world.’”

Copyright 2022 Chard deNiord

Chard deNiord’s many books include In My Unknowing (Pitt, 2020). He lives in Westminster West, Vermont with his wife, Liz.

Male luna moth collected by Jim des Rivieres, Crosby, Ontario – June 7, 2004

9 comments on “Chard deNiord: To the Luna Moth

  1. vengodalmare
    September 7, 2022

    Simply beautiful, with diaphanous beauty and then more and more shiny. Moon-butterfly, double dream.,

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Barbara Huntington
    September 6, 2022

    As I sit (briefly until it gets too hot) on the deck, this poem brings forth my children and then my grandchildren and my pup, Tashi looks up from her nap at my long sigh.


  3. John Z
    September 6, 2022

    Beautiful song to the luna moth that looks surreally beautiful.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. matthewjayparker
    September 6, 2022

    Beautiful, like a dream you can touch.

    Liked by 2 people

  5. ssteph2013
    September 6, 2022

    Gorgeous poem!

    Liked by 2 people

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