Hummingbird Moth in the Moonlight

For Kerry’s Prompt over at Real Toads.  A darkly mysterious ink drawing by Luke Eidenschink.  This picture brought to mind a huge bed of cleome I had planted and the hummingbird moths that clustered around them at night.

Luke Eidenschink
Used with Permission

Hummingbird Moth in the Moonlight
The wee things of night curl about the stones
waving in the soft breeze,
the greyed green of ferns,
the soft coyote brown of mushrooms,
the white stars high in the sky.
In tones of grey, black, white
poems fall from the sky
and explode in tiny bits of ecstasy.
Ferns giggle softly as we wander
the ley lines beneath the stones.
Hush. Magic is happening.
Hush. Magic is curling in upon itself
like a hummingbird moth’s proboscis
drinking nectar from cleome –
mauve in the moonlight.

hummingbird moth

23 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. coalblack
    Jan 05, 2019 @ 18:03:09

    I love the coyote brown and the white stars. You do such a great job on nature subjects. Love that bottom pic, too.


  2. Just Barry
    Jan 05, 2019 @ 20:14:24

    Magic is happening as I read your words in real-time. Lovely poem.


  3. Suzanne
    Jan 05, 2019 @ 22:31:43

    That’s very beautiful. I can almost see the magic you speak of.


  4. Magaly Guerrero
    Jan 05, 2019 @ 23:23:15

    I really like that through the words, the drawing has found colors.


  5. Kerry
    Jan 06, 2019 @ 03:24:06

    I too have noted the coloration in words. I appreciate how you brought all the finer details into focus, Toni. And what a truly remarkable poem.. I have so many new favourites now.


  6. kim881
    Jan 06, 2019 @ 04:23:45

    Such a lovely soft touch of colour, Toni, lulled me into a pastoral landscape, and then the explosive beauty of the monochrome took me by surprise. I love the poems that ‘fall from the sky and explode in tiny bits of ecstasy’ and the cheeky giggling ferns!


  7. sanaarizvi
    Jan 06, 2019 @ 07:02:53

    My goodness this is beyond beautiful! 😊 Especially love; “In tones of grey, black, white poems fall from the sky and explode in tiny bits of ecstasy.” ❤


  8. Sherry Marr
    Jan 06, 2019 @ 08:28:19

    I love all the colours in this poem, especially the coyote brown mushrooms.


  9. anmol(alias HA)
    Jan 06, 2019 @ 10:25:59

    Ooh, I love the “soft coyote brown” and “mauve in the moonlight”. Such a beautiful way of depicting those poems falling from the sky.


  10. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Jan 06, 2019 @ 10:40:34

    The unique coloring in this makes me see it though I’ve never seen a coyote it makes me see nature… a nocturnal wonder.


  11. violet
    Jan 06, 2019 @ 10:43:57

    What a beautiful title.

    Everything about this is joyful and captivating. I was going to start quoting favorites, but it’s the whole thing.


  12. annell4
    Jan 06, 2019 @ 12:09:27

    I loved your write!


  13. wildchild47
    Jan 06, 2019 @ 14:25:25

    hush hush, for the magic whispers in soft light, half-hidden in the shadows …. and so your poem dances for the richness, very soft-sky, night velvet … which just entrances … it’s as if we’re carefully walking soft carpets of moss, creeping stealth, blurred for ourselves in the loss of (day) light – which is gorgeous for the reveal of the soft-underbelly of magic … fascinating poem Toni


  14. Brendan
    Jan 06, 2019 @ 17:06:18

    A midsummer night’s ecstasy — how deftly and intimately you weave the music.


  15. Margaret Elizabeth Bednar
    Jan 07, 2019 @ 20:26:11

    You take a moment and make it magical…


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