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Apparition of a Butterfly

Upon a fuzzy vista – vision blurred –
I tried to focus; nothing ever solid
Came to view, but undeterred, I blinked
An eye to try again. Through the mist
A coloured hue; polychromatic flames
Had flickered at a whim; a rhythm bore
A thrumming too: a naturalistic hymn.
Behold! Were I to find a synonym to
Reproduce or recreate
The apparition of a butterfly,
Evolving through the waning vapour,
Drawing on a sigh from this romantic.
Glory be! The raging sun above
Had fired his furnace, flaming off
The hangers on. Now I saw the flare:
His time has come. He spread a tortoiseshell –
A scene of Mother Nature at her best.
I lay in peace in knowing I was blessed.





Copyright Mark R Slaughter 2009










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Submitted: Saturday, October 24, 2009
Edited: Wednesday, May 04, 2011


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  • Ruth Jefferson (8/2/2013 10:43:00 AM)

    I like this poem and the way it uses jagged lines. I kind of wish I could see what it would be like to look at this poem in the present tense.

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  • Vigneshwar Senthivel (11/17/2012 7:48:00 AM)

    Behold! Were I to find a synonym to
    Reproduce or recreate.... its my favorite of all lines... :)

  • Vigneshwar Senthivel (11/17/2012 7:48:00 AM)

    Behold! Were I to find a synonym to
    Reproduce or recreate.... its my favorite of all lines... :)

  • Vigneshwar Senthivel (11/17/2012 7:48:00 AM)

    Behold! Were I to find a synonym to
    Reproduce or recreate.... its my favorite of all lines... :)

  • Vigneshwar Senthivel (11/17/2012 7:48:00 AM)

    Behold! Were I to find a synonym to
    Reproduce or recreate.... its my favorite of all lines... :)

  • Vigneshwar Senthivel (11/17/2012 7:48:00 AM)

    Behold! Were I to find a synonym to
    Reproduce or recreate.... its my favorite of all lines... :)

  • Vigneshwar Senthivel (11/17/2012 7:48:00 AM)

    Behold! Were I to find a synonym to
    Reproduce or recreate.... its my favorite of all lines... :)

  • Vigneshwar Senthivel (11/17/2012 7:47:00 AM)

    Behold! Were I to find a synonym to
    Reproduce or recreate.... its my favorite of all lines... :)

  • Vigneshwar Senthivel (11/17/2012 7:47:00 AM)

    Behold! Were I to find a synonym to
    Reproduce or recreate.... its my favorite of all lines... :)

  • Vigneshwar Senthivel (11/17/2012 7:47:00 AM)

    Behold! Were I to find a synonym to
    Reproduce or recreate.... its my favorite of all lines... :)

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