The Sphinx Moth Riddle

Published on 6 May 2023 at 23:25

Medium: Illustration on print

Date: 1985


This is a tale of life’s journey from birth to death. Moths are named after myths that describe the challenges and complexities of human existence. Each line in the poem represents a moth or a mystery of life. The line pictured here refers to danger and protection: “Yet when rocks uncurl and branches spread their feathers, every insect bares the gorgon face.” In the face of danger and mystery, we all display some form of protection, such as the black widow revealing its hourglass. In earlier pages of the poem, moths open their back wings to reveal large eyes that scare away predators. Each moth’s name is accompanied by its myth, illustrated by the artist.

The poem explores the dichotomy of life through the lens of moths and their myths. It delves into the themes of danger and protection, revealing how even the smallest creatures have their own ways of facing adversity. Through its vivid imagery and captivating language, the poem invites readers to reflect on their own experiences and find meaning in life’s mysteries

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