Garrett Stack

The gypsy moth
by Garrett Stack

trapped on an airplane
caroms skull to hat,
tail wing to cockpit

during its short
three hundred mile
flight and just this once

people laugh, cup
its flossy body,
let it light and pass

on towards 32A, 16B.
See the reluctance
to crush the novelty

of flight within flight
so that we fragile allies
arrive safely at the gate


Published in Cider Press Review, Volume 23, Issue 1.

Garrett StackGarrett Stack is a teacher, writer, and communication researcher at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan. He lives 38 miles east of Lake Michigan in Rockford with his wife and twin boys. His most recent publication is Yeoman’s Work, a poetry collection available from Bottom Dog Press.

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