The Moth – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

VJs Weekly Challenge: Risk-Reward




“Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”  T.S. Eliot

The Moth

To burn,
catch fire,
wince with pain,
recoil, return,
like a moth to the flame,
a zeppelin alight,
all warnings ignored
my fingers to the fire,
a searing, scorching heat,
they urged me back,
to be near her is risk,
a reward enough.

©Paul Vincent Cannon



Filed under Free Verse, love, poem, quote, relationship

21 responses to “The Moth – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Had to laugh at the ending…was expecting a pyromaniac, lol. Well done!

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  2. lync56

    I love the way you can take a work and use if creatively – great poem


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    • Very kind indeed, and happy to be so, though with everything at the moment probably won’t get to do the requirements of it, but I thanks you for that very much.


  3. What a beautifully evocative poem! It reminds me of Virginia Woolf’s exquisite essay ”The Death of the Moth.”

    The quote by T.S. Eliot is an impeccable choice, as well!


  4. Never one to play it safe . . .

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  6. I really like your blog. A pleasure to come stroll on your pages. A great discovery and a very interesting blog. I will come back to visit you. Do not hesitate to visit my universe. See you soon.

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  7. Made me smile too, Paul! But its true. Hope you had a beautiful weekend, and a great start into the new week. Michael

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