Cité dans Little Baby Nothing :
Moths broken up, quenched at last
The vermin allowed a thought to pass them by”
et dans Removables :
“Never grown preserved gently
A bronze moth dies easily
Unknown to others weak to me
Broken hands never ending”
Font référence aux “phalènes” du poème de Tennessee Williams Lament For The Moths. Les phalènes dans ce poème symbolise les sensibles et discrets écrasés par le “monde pesant”.
Voici le poème :
“A plague has stricken the moths, the moths are dying,
their bodies are flakes of bronze on the carpet lying.
Enemies of the delicate everywhere
have breathed a pestilent mist into the air.
Lament for the velvety moths, for the moths were lovely.
Often their tender thoughts, for they thought of me,
eased the neurotic ills that haunt the day.
Now an invisible evil takes them away.
I move through the shadowy rooms, I cannot be still,
I must find where the treacherous killer is concealed.
Feverishly I search and still they fall
as fragile as ashes broken against a wall.
Now that the plague has taken the moths away,
who will be cooler than curtains against the day,
who will come early and softly to ease my lot
as I move through the shadowy rooms with a troubled heart?
Give them, O mother of moths and mother of men,
strength to enter the heavy world again,
for delicate were the moths and badly wanted
here in a world by mammoth figures haunted!”
Les phalènes, tout comme les araignées, sont également fréquemment mentionnés dans les poèmes de Sylvia Plath [voir par exemple “What did my hands do before they held you.” (Citations)]. Vincent Van Gogh [voir La Tristesse Durera (Expressions)] était également obsédé par les phalènes à tête de mort.
VOIR AUSSI :
- “A Plague has stricken the Moths / The Moths are dying, / Their bodies are flakes of Bronze on the carpets lying / Enemies of the delicate Everywhere have / breathed a pestilent mist into the air.” [Citations]
- “You didn’t need to do that / Don’t forget all that I took off her / You needn’t have been so cruel to someone alone as she is / Delicate article she is / She is, she was / You didn’t know blanche as a girl / Nobody, nobody, was tender and trusting as she was / But people like you abused her and forced her to change” [Samples]