it’s 5.00 pm
still no luck
out in the cold
the apartment dreary
teenage boys cutting in front of me
to do their laundry
and smoke hash
on the dryer
i have a supermarket list
but no money
my stomach is growling
but i can’t think about food

baby, it’s cold
but i can see a moth
a little orb of yellow light
floating in the air
from one lamp post
to another

i observe it
from the park bench
the cold wood
freezing my prancing ass
i remember how much you like
how highly you speak of them
because they are attracted by the light
just like you
you say you would like to be reborn
as one
now that i watch it
now that i pay close attention
to this moth
i think
they are not bad
after all
little flashing creatures of the night
little candles floating until first light

like the candle set you always have
on your dining table
that’s another thing
you really like
candles—bringing together
sight and smell
reconciling the senses
i admire your senses
your sensuality
your erotic naked raw vulnerability
dripping emotion
dripping on the wet shower floor
all the way to the bedroom…

i think that
all in all
i would like to be
a moth

that wouldn’t be
a terrible

Selected byvia Open Arts Forum
Image CreditJayden Yoon

Hanna Abi Akl is a Lebanese-born English writer. Raised in a working family, he started fiddling with language from the moment he was introduced to it and spent most of his time in the company of books. Hanna lived in Beirut before moving to France at the age of 25. He writes contemporary poetry and prose. When asked to define his writing style, he says the main ingredients to his works are "music, paintings and a little bit of literature".

Hanna's writing continues to be heavily featured in literary magazines, poetry journals and anthologies. He published his first novel in 2017 and has since published another and two volumes of poetry.