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Moths to a flame - A Poem About Attraction

Updated on February 1, 2015
John from Normal (yup, it's called Normal), Illinois, USA
John from Normal (yup, it's called Normal), Illinois, USA

From the shadows I watch them flirt and flutter

Helpless to resist your artless sexuality,

drawn like moths to a flame.

The air hangs thick with wanting, pulses with desire.

Do you see it, feel it, I cannot tell, for you give little away.

I find myself amused by the play before me,

as each in turn falls under your spell I see the changes.

Gone are the barriers, replaced with wide wanting eye´s,

and an openness of body, all reserve expelled by lust.

Intrigued I turn my attention to you.

What is it that draws them so wantonly, I have to know.

As I watch you sense my interest,

for an ageless second our eyes meet and hold.

Caught like a voyeur, unease and the guilt of forbidden arousal forces me to look away.

I fluster but am awed by this tableaux,

like a child hiding behind fanned fingers I watch again.

I note your youth and beauty, your feline grace,

the sensual curve of your mouth, and those steady inviting eyes,

who´s gaze would melt the most frigid soul.

I am spellbound.

Unable to resist I step from the shadows.

Cautiously at first I test my wings,

You catch and hold me with those hypnotic eyes,

I feel myself flow into you, aching with desire.

Now I´m like the rest, helpless in your light.

Yet knowing should I fly too close,

my fate is sealed, I´ll burn and be forgotten.

For yours is a cold flame, calculating, using,

it take´s but does not give.

Feeding on the adoration of those who flutter,

Leaving them in darkness when you´ve had your fill.

copyright...Anne 2003.

Your comments and votes are always appreciated. Please do feel free to leave some. Thank you.


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    • bac2basics profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Spain

      Hi Ignugent. Thank you so much for your praise. Yes I suppose it could cover many things..never thought about that when I wrote it. Good to hear from you :)

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      9 years ago


      It is very nice to read your poem. The words you use are really enchanting and it be can related to everything. Thanks for sharing. :-)

    • bac2basics profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Spain

      Hiya AA. Thankyou for enjoying this tidbit. I have more ( and better) but know I would not get away with publishing them as hubs. We fly close to the and I. Thanks for the follow also :)

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      Augustine A Zavala 

      9 years ago from Texas

      I love the moth metaphor, and the imagery set forth in your poem. Lovely...

    • bac2basics profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Spain

      Hi Nell. Great to hear from you my dear. No point in me bottling it for you, when ever I feel attracted to a bloke , they always turn out to be gay...and I´m not kidding either..must be some Freudian explanation there somewhere. I´m Ok..still clearing up after the fire , but big improvements now and the mountains I am delighted to say are beginning to green up. I have done a hub on it if you are interested enough to give it the once over. Take care Nell, and really good to hear from you :)

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      Nell Rose 

      9 years ago from England

      Hi Annie, this is a lovely poem, the moth methaphor is so true, what is it about some people who have that attraction? can somebody please bottle it and send it to me? lol! great to see you, hope you are okay? nell

    • bac2basics profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Spain

      Hiya Valleypoet. I´m so pleased you liked it. Thank you so much for taking the time to read it and comment..welcome to hubpages, and thanks for the follow and your votes :)

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      9 years ago

      Annie...this poem has a great flow, the butterfly metaphor is very cleverly used ..voted awesome

    • bac2basics profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Spain

      Hi KJ and Mhatter. Thank you so much for reading and your comments. I always appreciate people taking the time. Anne :)

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      9 years ago from Florida

      bac2basics...very beautiful relaxing..I spent a half hour just this week-end watching Butterflies in my garden...absolutely breath taking...loved you pic of the Blue Clipper sipping....words fluttering through the air....

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      Martin Kloess 

      9 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for sharing this insight.

    • bac2basics profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Spain

      Good evening Maj. Thankyou so much for reading it..more than once too. And your vote. Have a good night. Anne :)

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      9 years ago from australia

      Well done Annie - this poem is intriguing - love the moth metaphor and how you bring it back throughout the poem -'test the wings' - 'flutter' 'fly to close' - read it through a few times and each time I gain some more insight , knowledge of the desire - voting for this -


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