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10.15.2012

small moth



She's slicing ripe white peaches
into the Tony the Tiger bowl
and dropping slivers for the dog
poised vibrating by her foot to stop their fall
when she spots it, camouflaged,
a glimmer and then full on—
happiness, plashing blunt soft wings
inside her as if it wants
to escape again.
 

 ~ by sarah lindsay;  
Poetry (October 2008)
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8 comments:

J Cosmo Newbery said...

I'm not entirely sure I fully understand the ending of this but I do love the image of the dog, all a-quiver.

red dirt girl said...

This is a very elegant, spare poem about happiness / joy. The metaphor is that of a small moth, inside of her, (butterflies in your stomach feeling ??) plashing blunt soft wings wanting to escape. Of course we want internal wings to be soft and blunt if they are fluttering inside of us .... and happiness can burble up and out of us in the most banal moments - like when slicing ripe white peaches into a cereal bowl.

I'm curious as to why she chose ripe white peaches as opposed to plain peaches ... or nectarines ....

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J Cosmo Newbery said...

OK. Thank you.

red dirt girl said...

:-)

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goatman said...

White peaches are supposed to be sweeter and possibly rarer (I've never heard of them) perhaps to appeal to the dog.
I love new descriptive words and "plashing" certainly meets ; I am not sure of "blunt" though in the context of soft.
There I go now taking apart others' poetry which I said I won't do.

red dirt girl said...

Ahhh .... white is sweeter. And here I was doing the same as you and wondering if she wanted us to relate the color 'white' to that of the moth ....?? blunt ... well, better than sharp or pointed, right? I'm thinking more in terms of the shape of the wing than a description of its edge.

Of course we pick these things apart. It's half the fun of reading poetry :-)

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goatman said...

I guess that it is just my reaction to high school English where we were to determine the meanings and I never could -- thought it presumptuous to specify the poets' meanings so finally.
To be blunt in word or deed I guess sidetracks me with blunt of edge or shape; a tricky word.

red dirt girl said...

oh yes, blunt in word definitely throws the meaning.

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