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  • Writer's pictureSarah McCartney

the herald



A moth flew into my windscreen as I drove to work this morning. It was dark so I never noticed but when I went to my car later in the day to go home I found it there, glued to my wipers. A gorgeous rusty red and orange thing. Its insides had been pulled out but it was still alive. What could I do?

I carefully detached it and brought it home. We found out it was a herald.














I brought home


a dying moth


a herald


red and gold


I put him in a box


to die among friends


lies now between


kingfisher wings


porpoise bones


and adder skins


lies still


without light


and is beautiful









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