Poets Corner: A White Moth

A White Moth

A white moth

the size of the moon the shape of a gull soaring over the surf skimming the sand


on a dune


to our screen

Its thin filar feet

curled into mesh.

Its flour white

wings preened

and flattened against

the screen

This white moth the size of the moon

was soon

found by young


and its lingering


was done.

Those flour white wings




filling wee holes in the mesh.

Frances Webb

Frances Webb, a summer resident of Oak Bluffs since 1964, is a published writer having poems and stories in literary journals (The Iowa Review, The Literary Review, new renaissance, South Road, Punto 7 Review and others) and a novel, “Innocence and Gold Dust,” published in 2010. Retired from teaching, she has done much of her writing over the years on the Vineyard.

The Martha’s Vineyard Times welcomes contributions to Poet’s Corner. Dan Waters, former poet laureate of West Tisbury, will select poems to be published here. Submissions should be directed to dan@indianhillpress.com.