Cover Photo: Detail from Margareta Haverman's "A Vase of Flowers"/Metropolitan Museum of Art
Detail from Margareta Haverman's "A Vase of Flowers"/Metropolitan Museum of Art

What Does it Mean to Kill Something That Can Fly?

You wanted us to have a baby. I wanted your baby, and also for all the moths in the house to die.

You wanted us to have a baby. I wanted your baby, and also for all the moths in the house to die.

it’s so unfair we can’t make one togetherit feels like I’m inside you’,yes, yes it does.’

light bodies bob and zig through the air. What does it do to a person to end over and over again this little bit of biology—this little bit of magic? I read online that moth’s wings are covered in thousands of miniature scales and hairs and that this is how they hear—not through ears, but through their wings.

Kate Barss is a queer writer currently living in Toronto.  Her work has previously appeared online at Tin House, The Hairpin, The Awl  and in print at Nat. Brut and others. She is currently working on her first collection of flash fiction.