Wednesday, April 19, 2017

DMC: "scape moth" by Jone Rush MacCulloch

In March of 2015, Margarita Engle issued a tanka challenge. Jone Rush MacCulloch combined that challenge with a National Poetry Month project she's collaborating on with nonfiction author and photographer, Christy Peterson. Click HERE for more information and to see a stunning photograph of the scape moth.


scape moth
in the flowering meadow
fern-like antennae
translucent wings, a gold collar
looks deceive; a bitter meal

© 2017 Jone Rush MacCulloch. All rights reserved.

The DMC challenge for National Poetry Month is to contribute to our Ditty Potluck. Follow the guidelines for any one of the last 28 challenges, choosing from the following recipes:
Click HERE for an alphabetical list of all the DMC challenges.
Click HERE for an alphabetical list of all the Spotlight interviews.

Post your poem on our April 2017 padlet and be sure to indicate which challenge you are responding to.  All contributions will be included in a wrap-up celebration on Friday, April 28th, and one lucky participant, chosen randomly, will select from the following:

Option 1: A set of 8 copies of The Best of Today's Little Ditty: 2014-2015 to use with a classroom or extracurricular group.

Option 2: One copy of The Best of Today's Little Ditty, plus a $20 gift card to purchase a poetry book(s) of your choice.

Option 3: A $25 gift card if you already have all the copies of The Best of TLD you need.


  1. A deceptively simple poem you've got there, Jone. What lush language to describe the scene. I love it.

  2. I've been enjoying many of your poems this month, Jone, but this is one of my favorites. There's something about that surprise ending... for me, it speaks to the insect world as a whole. Beautiful and exotic, while at the same time, merciless.

  3. I love Jone's nature series, too, Michelle. I love that she finds five interesting facts and takes care to make the presentation beautiful. Moths are fascinating -- some look innocent but are in the revenge business!

  4. Your research into all these photos is wonderful, Jone, including this one, that "bitter meal".

  5. Thank you, everyone. I have loved doing this project immensely. Next week is spider week!

  6. I liked this, Jone, and am look on forward to reading your others!