Kat’s Corner: “Ode to a Moth Squandered by Rain”

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A wall display of moths at the Insect Zoo. (File photo by Monica Melber | Collegian Media Group)

Kat’s Corner is a poetry segment that is open to student submission. If you would like your piece potentially published, email the culture editor at krwoods@ksu.edu. This following piece is from the Collegian’s managing editor, Dene Dryden.

Blessed be these Kansas rains; we surely need them more than ever.

Everything’s slick and wet with angel tears, roots slurping, umbrellas
flashing open with their dots, their blues, red stripes and patterned tattoos.
Yesterday, I saw a woman swiping the ground, drawing with chalk on campus.
Her hard work has swept away; nothing remains on the pavement but you.

I thought you first a cluster of white petals, since they’ve been battered
by rain, but no, you were belly up, white fluff saturated in water. I know you,
your opalescent scales were ruined pressed against wet cement, would you
ever fly again? As I passed—and paused—I was sure you were gone.
But in a hair of time your curled legs twitched, and the clouds darkened gray.

Life gives and it takes; today it took your cottonbud body, your iridescence
from the night, mini moth eggs you could’ve—or should’ve—spawned.
Your dark eyes will rise again on the plains, a sprite, a fairy,
to grasp in your limbs pollen, nectar, anima of others
suppressed in favor of impending rain.

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Dene Dryden
I'm Dene Dryden, a senior in English creative writing and CMG Board of Directors member. Formerly editor-in-chief, managing editor, copy chief. You can hear my voice on Wildcat 91.9 FM and find my bylines in FFA New Horizons, Seek Research Magazine for K-State, URGE ChoiceWords and the Get Inclusive blog. In addition to my journalistic work, my poems are published or forthcoming in the Flint Hills Review, Rogue Agent and Lammergeier. My cat Robyn is the light of my life, and I take compliments in the form of coffee.