Two Poems: "Flutters" and "Ways to Make a Moth"

Updated on October 4, 2018
veemcdonald profile image

Veronica has had her writing published in several literary journals since 2015. She holds an MA in Literature from American University.


Introduction: "Flutters" and "Ways to Make a Moth"

"Flutters" is poem that marked my angst over the temporal nature of the world. I wrote this poem as an atheist (and a nihilist), shortly before becoming a Christian. It often reminds me of why I need Christ: because without the love of God, the world and all the beauty in it lead to nothing but death.

"Ways to Make a Moth" was also written before my conversion. This poem was an experiment, based on my observations of a moth on my wall heading towards my lamp, but now I believe it reveals my frustrations during that time.

The moth is a butterfly clothed in darkness, searching for the color of day in false light. Looking back on it, that seems to convey the state of humanity - living in darkness, searching for light and life. Throughout the poem, the moth is not quite alive, shaped by human hands, still missing something. But by the end, it finds life by letting the light penetrate it fully, breaking through all the emptiness and darkness. Though I wasn't a Christian at the time, it serves as an apt metaphor for my later conversion.


a butterfly flutters past my face
and I want to catch it in my net
stop its flight
(end its life)
so I can examine her
pin her wings
on scrap paper
put her in glass
let the dust collect
on her body
so whenever I feel
that all beauty is
I can retrace the fading color
in her winged skin
and feel human again
like when I sit in the sun
and a butterfly flutters past my face

Ways to Make a Moth

In cotton folds of grandma musk
there’s a caterpillar wrapped in fur
fine and short
for dandelion flight
on a black breeze

Find two small moldy leaves
frayed and softened
made of dead Autumn whipped up
in an abbreviated ant tornado
sweeping an empty parking lot

Make wings that flutter
like a drowsy baby laugh
sucking and snorting
choking with mother's milk

Trace an invisible trail
that flowers and dies
like cracks along a white wall
a wanton route to the meaning of pleasure

Find a bulb, blind and burning

Hold it there until you see
a brown that revels in a spectrum
akin to elusive day
bleeding through night's needlework
like a butterfly blaze.

Poll: Writing Poetry

Do you ever use butterflies or moths in your poetry?

See results

© 2018 Veronica McDonald


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)