Taa iko

Rocking on the porch
of a reformed plantation

the moths all drawn
to the bulb above my head

the soft collision of wings
against the bulb
the twinkling lights of Machakos below

What did they do
for millennia

before this place was wired
for electricity

© 1987-2012 Brian Brown-Cashdollar
Taa iko: Swahili literally “there is light,” figuratively “There is electricity”