Kitchen Table MFA (ALL): You said I should write more love poems and
Words By Steve Tomasko, Art By Yuu Khoang
This poem is part of the Kitchen Table MFA, a series that showcases writing communities through interviews and creative writing.
Poem first published in The Fiddlehead.
I said, I’m sorry, but I’ve been thinking about
sloths. Well, actually, the moths that live
on sloths. Nestle into their fur, take the slow,
slow ride through the rain forest. Once a week
the sloth descends to the forest floor. Defecates.
Female moths leap off; lay their eggs on the fresh
feces; jump back on. Their caterpillars nourish
themselves on the fetid feast, metamorphose
into moths, fly up into the canopy to find
their own sloths. They prefer the three-toed
over the two-toed. Eh, who can figure attraction?
The algae-covered sloth fur is the only place
they live. The only home the sloth moths know.
It’s a Darwinian thing, I know, but fidelity
comes to mind. Commitment. Patience.
The world writes love poems all the time.