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61/365: Sunday Poem and Photograph: Moth

2nd of March
fire is beautiful
and we know that if we get
too close it will kill us
but what does that matter
it is better to be happy
for a moment
and be burned up with beauty
than to live a long time
and be bored all the while
so we wad all our life up
into one little roll
and then we shoot the roll
that is what life is for
it is better to be part of beauty
our attitude toward life
is come easy go easy
we are like human beings
used to be before they became
too civilized to enjoy themselves

Excerpts from:
The Wisdom of Psychopaths: What Saints, Spies, and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success ~Kevin Dutton~


Do you agree with the content of that excerpts?

I don't. I simply don't because life is too beautiful to turn it to something horrific.

The photograph is taken from our own home.  We were preparing for dinner when suddenly these swarm of moths circled around all the lighting in our home except for the bedroom lighting upstairs.

I remember old people say that when these moths made a sudden appearance it means that the rainy season is about to start or it will rain soon. I’m not sure about that theory right now because technically the summer season is just about to start.

I’m not comfortable seeing this kind of scene.  They remind me of horror movies.  Not that I’m a person who gets scared easily.  It’s just that this kind of scene is not fun for me to see in person.  There's something in it that makes me uncomfortable.

For my son it’s a time for experiment.  He went running to fill a basin with water and put it directly below one of the light surrounded by moths.  The moths automatically soared directly to the basin with water and drowned/died.  On the other lights he placed a lit candle below and the scene was more horrific.  All of the moths soared directly to the candle and got burned.  In just  a short time all the moths are dead.



  1. I dunno na may theory pala sa apperance nila. moth pala ang english nila. hehehe... sana makahanap ka naman ng poem about sa mga lamok na nagtitipon-tipon sa ulo natin minsan. hehehe

  2. Like you, I don't agree with its content too. I don't know it just denote negativism about life especially the come easy go easy attitude. Plus when the author says that in order to be happy or to enjoy a moment it doesn't matter if the happiness or beauty is temporary basta daw na enjoy. I just don't ride with this poem haha

  3. I was ill for over half a year and nearly blind. Guess what: I love life too much, so I'm with you, Balut. 100%

  4. Unlike Kuya Jay and others, I loved it. Trip eh. hahaha! It's really sad but that's the truth.

    I think this is more about pursuing passion in life. Fire is like our passion. It gives us warmth, it gives us light. But once we get obsessed with it, pursue it more than ever (and not more than necessary), we get burned, we hurt ourselves but we really don't mind, because our soul is filled up with its beauty. It appeases our hunger for it.

    So the same in life. Nothing great in this world was achieved with no passion, and great things and your passion WILL ALWAYS COME WITH A GREAT PRICE. For moths, their obsession for the heat and fire is their own life. Gruesome but true.

    It's like what Kurt Cobain quoted from one of his favourite rock artists' songs- "It's better to burn out than fade away."

  5. I must say this poem for ne is both negative and positive. It depends what kind of passion we are apt too.
    Anyway, grabe mga moths no...kawawa naman sila.they all died:(


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