Butterfly (III)

Scarce Swallowtail, France 2017

Flitting

From fruit to flower

As if by random chance

Following the sweetest scent

Unsettled by slightest tremor

Fluttering to fresh space

Sets down, silent, still

Absorbing heat of Sun

Full expanse of detail, colour, beauty

Revealed in staccato stretches

Then open display

She flew after

Gently removing

Each of my wings*

And leaving me

Learning to walk again

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n.b. Wings intact, just removed for safe-keeping.

CLP 05/01/2020

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Christopher Perry

Liberté, Equalité, Humanité

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