- The Man with a Moth on the Inside Coming Out
The Man with a Moth on the Inside Coming Out
The radiance of stars is perfect for looking inward
at that which has always been waiting, like a moth
that cannot fly except in a light like this. It stutters
up my throat. It holds onto my lip with legs as fine
as pins. The powder of its wings comes off on my teeth.
And then a batting at the air, a relief to learn it
flies. I mark its progress by the way it darkens
one star at a time. [End Page 51]
Charles Rafferty’s most recent collection is Appetites (Clemson UP). He directs the mfa program at Albertus Magnus College.