“the legend of the moth and the streetlight” – a poem by Bill Siegel

March 7th, 2023

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photo by Brad Fickeisen/via Unsplash

photo by Brad Fickeisen/via Unsplash

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the legend of the moth and the streetlight

near the theatre each night a hooker leans
a flying buttress in the alcove
of her 3-decker cathedral
she says that in worcester
the windowwashers work just after dawn
and when it ain’t raining
it wants to

i leave the street
return to the theatre
and at the door i hear it
a flute honing its edge
slicing the air with its fire

while outside
crickets sing
in counterpoint to the cars
a shadow’s branch crawls
along stained glass
a cat orange as the moon
stalks the curb

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Bill Siegel lives in the Boston MA area, and writes both prose and poetry to express his love of jazz. Bill’s work appears in Indigenous Pop: Native American Music from Jazz to Hip Hop (Univ of Arizona Press, 2016); AllAboutJazz.com; inmotionmagazine.com; International Poetry Review; Brilliant Corners; Blue Mesa Review: Cruzando Fronteras (Crossing Borders); and other publications. He also created and manages jimpepperlives.wordpress.com, a collection of articles, poetry and news celebrating the work of the late saxophonist, Jim Pepper.

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