Manzano Mountain Review is an online New Mexico literary journal affiliated with UNM-Valencia.

Moth Man

by John Yohe

Moth Man lives on top of a mountain
when the sun sets behind la Sierra de Nacimiento
the lights of Albuquerque & Santa Fe glow
and he is drawn to their heat
 
when the sun sets behind la Sierra de Nacimiento
because there is no Moth Woman
he is drawn to their heat
or even another Moth Man
 
because there is no Moth Woman
to aggregate with like butterflies
or even another Moth Man
even just to talk or be with
 
to aggregate with like butterflies
and yet there are stars too & the moon
even just to talk or be with
and there seems to be no and only either/or
 
and yet there are stars too & the moon
until the moon rises from the Sangres
and there seems to be no and only either/or
there may not be heat but there is light
 
until the moon rises from the Sangres
there is no decision really no choice
there may not be heat but there is light
Moth Man flutters his wings & flies
 
there is no decision really no choice
but the journey will at least be interesting
Moth Man flutters his wings & flies
if there are other Moth People they will be there
 
and the journey will at least be interesting
Moth Man lives on top of a mountain
if there are other Moth People they will be there
the lights of Albuquerque & Santa Fe glow

 
    
Born in Puerto Rico, John Yohe grew up in Michigan and lives in Oregon. He has worked as a wildland firefighter, deckhand/oiler, bike messenger, wilderness ranger, and now fire lookout. www.johnyohe.com