The Moth On The Kitchen Wall

“Look,” Jon says and points to the brown moth on the yellow kitchen wall.  It’s wings, an awkward upside-down heart.

They are there every morning these days, most have soft brown wings with blocks of darker brown.

The moths are not always easy to catch.  They flutter away before I can reach my hand around them.  Or, once in my palm, they escape through the space between my curled fingers and thumb.

“I’ll bring a chair over, ” Jon says dragging a chair from the dining room table into the kitchen.

I step up onto the chair and cup my hand around the moth.  I feel the soft patter of wings then it settles inside my hand.

“That was easy,” I say.  I think that maybe I’m getting good at this.  Maybe the moths are beginning to trust me.

I open the front door, step outside, and open my hand.  The moth flies away.

There’s one more.  This one, burnt orange like the leaves in the pasture that grow low to the ground this time of year.

The orange moth also comes easily into my hand.  Now I think that maybe they are so agreeable because they are dying.

This moth doesn’t fly when I take it outside    I get a good look at its wings, and see the pink hue, white spots and gradation of color.

I think of Suzy’s shawls.

The way the colors meld together or are separated by a textured line,  those white spots like the locks that Suzy spins into her yarn.

The moth walks to the tips of my fingers and steps onto the lip of the blue flower pot on the back porch.

I take a picture, zooming in with my iPhone to see even more of its wonder.

Last year Jon would have squished the moth with a fly swatter the way I do flies and mosquitos.

I might not find it so easy to kill these other insects if they had wings like a handspun shawl.  And for all I know they might, since I’ve never taken the time to really see them.

6 thoughts on “The Moth On The Kitchen Wall

  1. Thank you for the zip liberation update.❤

    My spiritual practice says slowing down is important. Started slowing down, paying attention and pausing during covid lock downs.

    No more rushing around, it leaves me too fragmented. Multi tasking days are over as I learn less is more. One pointed attention , focus & presence is key for my well being. Thank you for the reminder that Im on the right path

    >>>And for all I know they might, since I’ve never taken the time to really see them.

    1. Good for you Kathryn.I was taught that lesson during covid too Kathryn. I can’t say it has completely stuck, but I am at least aware of most of the time when I’m running around with too many thoughts in my head. A work in progress. :)

  2. It took me awhile to find this book to recommend. It was overshadowed by recent books about the famous German Shepherd Rin Tin Tin. This book is about a guy who have a remember correctly befriended Rin Tin Tin and he cultivated a relationship with a Fly of all beings. The book is Kinship with All Life
    J. Allen Boone

    I remember it really made an impact when I read it years ago

  3. I love that last line. It brings the post full circle and gives a hint of personal growth and transformation. I copied it into my quote notebook.

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