Issue Two: Fall 2017

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MARJORIE STELMACH

PSALM OF THE LUNA MOTH

After a luna moth egg hatches, the tiny caterpillar moves through five instars,
eating constantly, before weaving a cocoon from which it emerges mouthless.
As an adult it is drawn to light and, flying only at night, lives a few days—
long enough to mate.

Those innumerable feet
seemed so useful
in my youth,

but, looking back, I see:
it was a life spent crawling,
chewing.

Then, you called me.

Here am I.

First, you free me from hunger
and the sorrow of my plodding,

and now,

in fields of luminous dusk,
beneath a silken beckoning
of stars,

you have given me wings
and coupled my heart
to the moon.

Lord of Light, I have felt
my wings beset
by the unseen forces

of your suddenness, surrendered
to your swerves and lifts, your
sheer drops.

And once again,
having come into
the fullness of my longing,

I hear your voice.

Here am I.

Faithful, I spread before you
the wings
of my present imago

and ask what you,
in your reckless love,
will make of me

next?


About the Author

Marjorie Stelmach has published five volumes of poems, most recently, Falter (Cascade, 2017). Previous volumes include, Bent upon Light and A History of Disappearance (University of Tampa Press) and Without Angels (Mayapple). Stelmach’s first book, Night Drawings, received the Marianne Moore Prize from Helicon Nine Editions, and a selection of poetry received the first Missouri Biennial Award. Stelmach has just received the 2016 Chad Walsh Poetry Prize from The Beloit Poetry Journal. Individual poems have recently appeared in Arts & Letters, Boulevard, Florida Review, Gettysburg Review, Hudson Review, Image, The Iowa Review, New Letters, Poetry Daily, Tampa Review, and others.

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