Pretty Little Butterfly

Out in the sunshine fluttering through the garden-

two little boys – pins and nets and sticks.

Chasing after her.

Iridescent wings now too tired to fly

and a beguiling rose

in front of her.

She rested for awhile when

two muddy fingers picked her up

by the wings.

She writhed and squirmed in their grasp.

They laid her down on the ground –

Spread-eagled while the boys

Laughed and plucked her legs.

Pinned her down with needles

Pulledd her wings and let it fly in the wind.

When they were done they left,

For another great adventure.

Poor little butterfly lay dying on the ground.

Around her insects came-

Her fault for flashy wings.

Her fault for going into the garden.

Her fault for being a butterfly.

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Unhappy

Sometimes

I wish I were

a different person

Maybe then,

I’d make different choices.

Sometimes

I wish I made

different choices

Maybe then,

I’d be a different person.

7012015

On Things

People

they call their phones, cameras, cars, and gadgets their babies.

Sometimes christen them with names

They cry when they fall,

They go crazy when they don’t work

and go ballistic when phones are left at home.

They keep saying they wouldn’t survive the day

Without their gadgets.

If their cars get the lightest scratch,

they’d be prepared to wage a war.

Why can’t they do that with people too?

Snap

A quiet afternoon.

Distant murmur of a neighbor’s radio.

Sunlight filtering through glass the glass windows.

Dancing curtains caressing an invisible companion.

A comfortable warmth.

Polished wooden floor cool beneath my feet.

Muffled screams. Thud.

A butterfly wandered in.

I managed to get away with

A spin in my vision

And

A ring in my head.

My first kiss stolen.

My heart wild.

My virginity was intact.

But I,

Was not.

 

Ripped Page

i tightened

my grip

on your pen

as i wrote

about

the whisper

of

your touches

in

jagged breaths

and

muffled moans.

 

you

gripped hard

and

creased the pages

of

a story

that

shouldn’t be written.