The Heart Moth
a heart that hatched
out a moth that landed
on my mouth, to burn; burn and fly
I've waited for my lips to cool,
to live, and missed the moth
because it was
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Process Note: This is a cinquin, a short, usually unrhymed poem of twenty-two syllables in five lines arranged 2, 4, 6, 8, & 2 per line. In the second stanza, I have reversed the order.
Images: Queen of the Night costume design, 1922, by Leon Batsk, Fair use.
Moth, 1900, by Albrecht Bierstadt, Public domain.