I have to start this post by saying that on Wednesday we had 70mm of rain – or 2 and 3/4 inches – and at long last, the dams have started to rise. More rain is definitely needed – but praise the Lord, it is so good to see water levels rising!
As a part of my contribution to the recent #AuthorsForFireys auction, I offered a new-for-you poem about an Australian animal. The winning bid was for a poem about a Bogong moth. There were in fact two bids for a Bogong moth poem – which sparked my curiosity. I mean, we’ve* all heard of a Bogong moth – but what exactly is it, and what makes it special? I thought it might be one of those gianormous (takes up the palm of your hand) moths that I have seen on rare (two) occasions – but no! It’s the common, average-sized brown moth that we see fairly frequently. So – what is special about the Bogong moth, that two people would be requesting poems about it?
I started digging around… and tinkering with poems. I didn’t write one poem, but three; a nonet, a free verse and a mini-mouthful – that may require a dictionary to decode! I had to write three, because the free verse alone felt unfinished. And I’d started playing with a nonet – which I really liked. And actually, those near-rhyming mouthfuls of words were just too perfect to ignore! And the Bogong moth is deserving of three poems!
Since the auction item offered a signed version of the poem, and I had no appropriate pictures to hand to pretty-up the page, I drew a Bogong moth… and actually, if I’m honest, I’m quietly chuffed with it… (Since I’m definitely not an artist!)
This new-for-you creation is for Ivy and Aida, from Brian. (I sent a signed version off to them last week. Though I just made some tweaks – including to the page orientation. Why am I always changing things??!?)
So – what makes a Bogong moth special? Read on…
Moths tend to pale into insignificance beside brighter butterflies – but this little achromatic aviator is amazing. I’m glad I got to research and write about it! Thanks Bren and Brian, for the inspiration!
The lovely Laura Salas is hosting the Poetry Friday round-up at Writing the World for Kids. Be sure to check out her blog – and then follow the links for today’s poetry goodness.
*In Australia, at least.