Tuesday, September 14, 2010

A poem which attempts to dissuade you from bringing your Moth to the Winding Stair

This week's poem to dissuade is a purpose built one. I am reading tomorrow night at the Winding Stair for the launch of the Moth magazine. The Winding Stair is a very famous and lovely book shop (though I've only been in it once, and felt a wee bit intimidated by the fact that I couldn't spot the staircase - no doubt now that I'll be reading there, they'll show me the staircase, give me a key to it or some such).

Anyways - very much looking forward to it, mean while here's the poem. Let me know if I should read it out or not, or come along tomorrow night and tell me yourself

btw - the infra red frequency that candle flames emit has been found to contain similar frequency to that emitted by female moth pheromones

A poem which attempts to dissuade you from bringing your Moth to the Winding Stair


Don't bring your moth to the winding stair

He’d find the lights too blinding there

He doesn’t delight in finding rare

Books, he’d just flit through the bookies


No, moths can't seem to camoflage

among the assorted bricolage

in this sacred home of books, no courage

would be enough, no cookie


Your moth can't read by candle light

better keep hold of that door handle tight

This butterfly ancestor would amble right

into flames that remind him of nookie


So tell your moth he'll have to be patient

It's not that you're lazy, nor are you complacent

but this lovely shop's not for your fluttering agent

No winding stair for your moth today


the watercats said...

I love moths!.. good luck with the reading ;-)

chiccoreal said...

Dear Niamh: Ever the best of luck dear! Sounds like a shoe-in; or moth-in; You'll do great! Oh I'd love to hear this! Reminds me of Nancy Drew; "The Case of the Hidden Staircase and the Nookie-Seeking Moth"(or Moth Seeking Nookie ~ whatever...!Please Youtube this for your fans? Please?:)

Pure Fiction said...

Definitely earthshattering. I love that snippet about moth pheromones and candle light.
Congratulations on the reading.

Picked up a copy of the Moth Mag a few months ago and really liked the look of it. And the Winding Stair is a gorgeous venue. I spent most of my four years in Trinity there, drinking gigantic mugs of cheap coffee, gazing down at the Liffey and trying to look tortured and confused. A guy called Kevin ran it then. He was tall and bald and a little bit handsome.

Best of luck with it :)

Niamh B said...

Tks Cats, they are under appreciated aren't they?
Thanks Chicco, I'll at least tape it for you(haven't yet got my head around youtube), though still dithering about whether to read it or not.
Thanks PF, I thought the pheromone fact was a gem alright.
The moth mag is really a lovely publication (and a priviledge to be in) their contact info for subs is on my post about it a couple of weeks ago if anyone's interested...
I'll watch out for Kevin :-)

NanU said...

Fun poem, Niamh. The moths might also find a bookshop quite tasty, depending on the sort of moths they are. They might be chased from the premises quite vociferously!

Gwei Mui said...

I have always prefered Moths to butterflies - perhaps it's the time of day, candle light, books and moths. Good luck for tomrrow.

Niamh B said...

Thanks NanU, most likely!
And thanks Gwei - good point alright, plus they're less sun dependant, more reliable all round

Totalfeckineejit said...

Ha! A real fun one Nib.There's a joke inthere somwhere about smelly mothballs but I'm not going to make it.

Well done on getting into the mag enjoyed your poem and the colourful illustrations are fab aussi.Reading in wounding stab should be cooldidlyacious!

And don't worry if you can't steal the poster, I have me glasses now and it's a bit racier than the blurry version!

Niamh B said...

Thanks mister, interested to see this famous poster now.... might be stealing it for myself!

The Dead Acorn said...

I chose not to leave my moth at home
He wound up squished, in a ponderous tome
When I asked him “how’d you get so flat?”
He replied “I’m hard-pressed to answer that.”

How'd the reading go?

Niamh B said...

Tis tonight it's on, am still wavering on whether to read that one, least now I've an excellent extra verse to use if I feel the crowd want more!

Titus said...

Read it! Read it!
Oh, you probably already have.

Niamh B said...

I chickened out!! I'm sorry, I know I've let ye all down. Only had time for 3 poems, so went with some other ones, twas a lovely evening though!