POEM: Arachnocampa Luminosa

Posted by in National Geographic Photo Writing Prompts, Poetry, Writing

Our bodies flutter
at a constant angle
thousands of miles away
the moon glows,
the Great Bear
our celestial guide.

We navigate with caution
warned about the heartless flame
learning, evolving–
we sense heat
and retreat from fire.

Our Mother
pulls at cycling waves,
water bending,
and tradition says:
these aqueous bodies,
one day,
too,
will be drawn to her light.

Then, you motion, there
in the distance–
your delicate brown wings
flickering wildly
i remember:
you are my brother
my keeper

i cannot know fear
i will not know flight

A glittering mantle of stars
near enough to touch
–impossible
i feel my heart
along the length of my
body, pulsing madly

we will be the first
you say,
the very first to meet her

Then:
dazzling threads
strange tails of heavenly bodies
shimmer
sway in the wind
of our wings

Mother has given us ropes
as if to climb

But these constellations
are
too near
constantly changing,
dizzying
disorienting–
our angles falter
bodies brush the watery pearls
and we alight

we will be the first
you say
before your promise weakens

you are my brother
i say
she is our Mother

and i watch your body rise
stiffly
devoured by stars

carnivorous night.

 

Click HERE to see the original post on National Geographic and hear the photographer’s story behind the shot!

Need a little more? Check out this National Geographic 360 Video about these bio-luminescent worms HERE!

Or this more informational PBS Deep Look Mini Documentary video about these fantastic creatures HERE.

If you prefer to read about them, check out this KQED Article about the species HERE.