A Moth Trapped in a Window

On a steamy late afternoon,
a moth flutters
between inner and outer sash.

Each surge of fury
is met by a pane of glass.

The sun is setting
and it has tracked the waning light
to a nearby house.

It doesn’t think to drop down
to the opening
but, in its panic,
tracks higher,
up into the old, frayed rope
that amounts to
the window’s mechanism.

Dull brown wings
fan gold
in the shimmering light.

Before it dies,
it is almost a butterfly.

John Grey

John Grey is an Australian poet, US resident, recently published in Stand, Santa fe Literary Review, and Sheepshead Review. Latest books, ”Between Two Fires”, “Covert” and “Memory Outside The Head” are available through Amazon. Work upcoming in the McNeese Review, La Presa and California Quarterly.