Langston Hughes

(1 February 1902 – 22 May 1967 / Missouri)

Fire-Caught - Poem by Langston Hughes

The gold moth did not love him
So, gorgeous, she flew away.
But the gray moth circled the flame
Until the break of day.
And then, with wings like a dead desire,
She fell, fire-caught, into the flame.

Comments about Fire-Caught by Langston Hughes

  • Tom Allport (12/29/2016 11:05:00 AM)

    tom allport
    some people like moths are drawn to a different type of flame? it's all part of life's game. (Report) Reply

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  • Rajnish Manga (3/17/2015 3:15:00 AM)

    The age old tale of romance between a moth and the flame ending with the ultimate sacrifice of moth has been beautifully reconstructed in this poem. Wow, beautiful. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, March 27, 2010

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