Glass Poetry Press

Volume Five Issue Two

Amy Schulz

Moth to Flame Theories

In one theory, moths navigate by the moon — every porch lamp becomes a lunar object, a bright beacon that calls to them and, trying to find their bearings, they circle back and back to the small moon on every porch. Everyone says that moths are entranced by light, but maybe they really flit toward the darkness that cups the light and ping around the Mach Bands that surround each shining source, fluttering in the illusion of darkness — the terrestrial lights, those electric moons. In another theory, male moths are drawn to the smell of fire and, fooled into thinking that the blaze is female, they fly into the flame. In Oregon, Pandora moths were observed crawling into a fire, it drew them in and burned them —