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Twilight’s Twinning

January 6, 2008

Northwest Arizona, c. 1965


Father .. says pick ’em off
when you see ’em crush ’em
under this big flat stained
rock or a shoe .. the spreading
mess haunted long before
Kafka’s moth found me

before this grown girl
admired the sweet scent
tomatoes hot in a backyard
desert sun .. Bright grass-green
mythic beast as long as my palm

lumbers among vines rising
a foot above my crown .. One
horn five yellow spots too many
legs cling tight under shady leaves
he hides and grazes at night


Steady, a scientist or a child follows hatching eggs
caterpillar larva bury selves as sarcophagus
pupa before their dusky flutters find petunias.
Who else understands a winged monster inhabits
all cells? Did my dry-land farming granddaddy
relish last light grace or did spots signal only harm?
We sacrifice a few succulent globes for magic.


I caught a humming bird
hovering over twilight
at Mother’s honeysuckle
Now .. I know it wasn’t but
Manduca quinquemaculata
transformed unknowingly
Insect hawk sipping nectar

by Deb Scott

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  1. January 6, 2008 at 8:50 pm

    Deb, this is fantastic, and I love the way you read it.

  2. January 7, 2008 at 2:46 am

    An excellent poem, Deb, very vivid.

  3. January 7, 2008 at 7:30 pm

    I like how this makes me read it several times to uncover the meaning. the words are so delicious in my mouth!

  4. January 8, 2008 at 12:49 pm

    Wonderful imagery. I especially like

    Who else understands a winged monster inhabits
    all cells?

  5. January 8, 2008 at 6:21 pm

    Vivid & rich in imagery. A dense & rewarding piece.

  6. January 8, 2008 at 9:01 pm

    this was lovely,…. all parts… but i have to say i was most enthralled by the way you read part two… it gave me a reflective feel that i really enjoyed…..

  7. Jolee woolard
    January 8, 2008 at 11:38 pm

    Deb, I love the poem. Jolee

  8. Kathleen
    January 10, 2008 at 10:42 pm

    Deb, thanks for the link. Your reading of your poem literally brought it to life. Strong work. Very vivid…I’ll bet you observed more than you squashed. Nice imagery. Thanks so much for sharing.

  9. January 18, 2008 at 1:44 pm

    Marvelous. I too loved the reading.

  10. March 1, 2008 at 12:02 pm

    Agreed, the reading style adds to the pleasure.

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