Posted in October 2014, Tanka

A Fatal Attraction

Tanka poem about a moth attracted to the light
Original Poetry by Leona J. Atkinson ©2014
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This poem was inspired by my daughter Laura’s viewing of a moth in flight. (She actually wrote a poem that she gave me permission to edit, which I did and transformed it into this Tanka.) The moth she watched was flying free and graceful until he got too close to the light. Then, zap! He was gone….sad.  She and I saw kind of a lesson in this, in that we should be careful of getting too close to things that attract us because they might not be good for us and we could suffer for it!

Some good information found on why moths are attracted to light:
“Moths frequently appear to circle artificial lights, although the reason for this behavior remains unknown. One hypothesis to explain this behavior is that moths use a technique of celestial navigation called transverse orientation. By maintaining a constant angular relationship to a bright celestial light, such as the moon, they can fly in a straight line. Celestial objects are so far away, that even after travelling great distances, the change in angle between the moth and the light source is negligible; further, the moon will always be in the upper part of the visual field, or on the horizon. When a moth encounters a much closer artificial light and uses it for navigation, the angle changes noticeably after only a short distance, in addition to being often below the horizon. The moth instinctively attempts to correct by turning toward the light, causing airborne moths to come plummeting downward, and resulting in a spiral flight path that gets closer and closer to the light source.“Why Are Moths Attracted to Flame?”. August 18, 2007.


A born and raised Midwesterner who traveled to Oregon in 2006 via the Oregon Trail route, fell in love with Oregon and now call it home. I am retired and pursuing my life long dream of becoming a Freelance Inspirational Writer.

4 thoughts on “A Fatal Attraction

  1. First, thanks for stopping by my blog. I asked the Lord when I started it, to send those by whom He would want me to gain inspiration, insight and yes even knowledge from. I don’t believe in coincidence, for when the Holy Spirit leads, there is NO luck, NO coincidence, just our Father leading where He wants us to be. (No I don’t get it right all the time, — sadly!)
    I will definitely be following as I love, love, love poetry and am so interested in any and all types (so you CAN teach me a thing or two!!) I will be adding your site to my Links page and will be following although I must be honest I follow so many that I routinely have to make rounds to view all those I follow. But, I am an avid reader and have loved to read since very young!
    I wish I had that creative spirit, but at least I have been blessed with a love of the art. I like how it makes you think, it exercises the brain “muscles” and utilizes our imagination, both areas I think the Lord wants us to use, otherwise He wouldn’t have inspired Paul to write Philippians 4:8, “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy–meditate on these things.”
    I look forward to checking out more of your poetry and art and I will stop by later and check out your poetry reading!
    In the meantime, God bless you greatly and ever so richly as you continue to serve (minister) to the Lord and to ALL He chooses to send by your articles!!!

    1. Pastor Roland, thank you so much for stopping by my blog, reading, and commenting! I am blessed to know that you found my poems inspiring and helpful and I am honored that you chose to follow my blog! I started writing a poem a day in April 2013 and haven’t stopped! I enjoy doing it and I believe the Lord is choosing to speak through my poetry to uplift and encourage others, so thank you for adding my blog link to your Links page! I am now following your blog as well. Blessings to you daily!

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