net value

net curtain shadow

In the moonlight
giant moths
gather on my bedroom wall

Actually, it’s the light of a street lamp, and therefore they only gather there until midnight and from 5:30am as the local council switch the lights off during the darkest part of the night to save energy.

And, of course, they aren’t quite moths. But they are near enough to have made me think about the poor creatures trapped in the net of the curtains and want to put the thought down here in case I can use it at some point in the future.

Author: don't confuse the narrator

Exploring the boundary between writer and narrator through first person poetry, prose and opinion

3 thoughts on “net value”

  1. Moonlight, street lamp, tomato, tomahto. :) Hey, but that’s not that your local council does that. Wonder what the stars look like during that period? Fine haiku here.


    1. Sadly, it’s money-saving not environment-saving they are interested in. But, yes, the stars are a lot more visible – on the rare occasion there’s no cloud: this is England! – and I’m sure it’s an ecological plus. I don’t mind the dark, but those who have to work late and early certainly noticed the policy change last winter and I believe there were a number of bad accidents as urban-dwellers aren’t used to it.
      Thanks for dropping by and commenting!


  2. How was it before electric lighting? Was it a better environment for nature? Perhaps a better or less frantic one. The moths fly again and again and again around the light beacons. And fall exhausted or perhaps fail to mate successfully. There`s a lot of madness and silly method in it.
    It is perhaps too late to study the effects.
    Your moths trapped in a curtain are surely better off.


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