The blind moth fluttering
outside the window: nothing
but the light will coax it in
out of the darkness:
the spidery light

of ecstasy, a pinprick,
the hot rush, body
floating, wings seared,
a rushing of blood that bubbles:

then slowly, colder
colder contortions
and the long dark hours
sleepless as a lizard licking
the grit from under its eyelids.

by Charl JF Cilliers

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it's the 'Has' after 'Charms' that does it for me. And the thought of those smiles in heaven
Monument! With the memories of the past. Nice work.
Sweet, sonorous sixteen-hundreds sonnet. Somewhat sappy yet still pleasing some four hundred years later.