Barred-sallow by Daniel Greenwood

In September we sat
’round the luminating trap,
with faces-full
of mosquitoes, and
hands touched by beetles.

The barred sallow,
purple and gold,
made for the autumn
crop of failing chlorophyll,

it was the gentlest gift.

We are lucky, still,
to be met
by minor strangers
in the night.
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