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He pinned the butterfly
to the card,
the dry rot
of blue wings
so profound
and loud
in the warm room.

Under glass
it seemed a stranger,
not the imago
unfolding in the jar
that dreamed
of the wet season,
but a legless pupa
common

and forgettable.
This is for the :iconglory-be-project:
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CreatorAllanvre Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013
A+
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:iconklinone:
klinone Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
wonderful . I think this one is really good :)
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TristanCody Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Student Writer
You're a profound writer. Every time I glaze through your works, I am always finding something very intriguing and deep about them.

Well done - as always -, sir! :clap:
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quesirrahsirrah Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
I normally don't comment on poetry, but this is really well done. Very nice use of imagery.
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Professional Writer
Thanks. I had Nazi Germany, Darfur and the Sudan in mind...and perhaps a bit of genetic memory as well.
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Shades-Of-Lethe Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Featured: [link] :heart:
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Professional Writer
Many thanks!!
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kushamisaru Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This makes me feel so... dirty >.<

I can't explain it. I don't know if an actual butterfly is being talked about or if it's a metaphor for something I'm too dumb to understand, but whatever the subject of this piece is, I feel awful for it.
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Professional Writer
No, it is actually just a butterfly. And thanks.
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BeyondJen Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
That first stanza... :love:
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Shades-Of-Lethe Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is deep and beautiful and the end makes it really special... Wonderful work!! :heart:
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Professional Writer
Thanks. I have wanted to do one like this for quite along time.
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caddman Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Professional General Artist
....you say so much without many thoughts...:claps:
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Professional Writer
Thanks! I appreciate the support!
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caddman Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Professional General Artist
...my pleasure Brendan ..:cheers:
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iamPoetry Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
My favourite subject in poems.
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Professional Writer
I had not done one yet. I like the subject as well.
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iamPoetry Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I use it frequently, not sure if you notice...butterflies are my reoccurring subject.
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wdnest Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Professional Writer
Wonderful work.
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional Writer
Thanks - I appreciate it very much!
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roamingtigress Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
Striking piece; I love how impacting the emotions are.
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional Writer
Thanks - I appreciate it very much!
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roamingtigress Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
You are very welcome!
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TheAnimalsRight Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
silly
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional Writer
Thanks - I appreciate it very much!
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elfproject Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
Crisp and graphic!
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional Writer
Thanks - I appreciate it very much!
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disrhythmic Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
Fabulous ending. :heart:
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional Writer
Thanks - I appreciate it very much!
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sayraparker Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is amazing. It flowed really well. The imagery is fantastic!
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional Writer
Thanks - I appreciate it very much!
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oviedomedina Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
The last stanza and verse really make the punchline,in a matter of speaking.
Love it!
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional Writer
Butterflies pinned to cards and shadow boxes fascinate me in a creepy way.
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haphazardmelody Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
The ending really makes this wonderful.
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional Writer
Thanks - I appreciate it very much!
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WaywardGypsy Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I love bug collecting and this is a terrific poem, especially 'imago'. Great stuff!
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional Writer
Thanks - I appreciate it very much!
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Skullkid43 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
Truly Beautiful....it leaves an' impression.And seems so warm and relaxing-yet full of angst(?) and beauty!Well done!:D
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional Writer
Thanks - I appreciate it very much!
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rlkirkland Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Energy abounding... brush strokes from a larger canvas.
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional Writer
Thanks - I appreciate it very much!
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MrWootton Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Professional Writer
An older one of mine:

It is a terrible thing to catch a butterfly
With a net
A horrid, heavy net
The sort that children wave around,
Trolling streams for tadpoles
The sort that collectors use, sorcerous wands
Casting ensnaring enchantments
A net that folds itself around her wings
So that every thrashing beat makes her heart race
As soon as you’ve caught her
Your let her go again out of pity for her distress
Or else with darker purpose
Starve and to suffocate until, just before the last,
Spread wide her limbs and pin her under glass
And hang her beneath all your other trophies.

But I remember
One summer’s afternoon
When in the woods I was reading a book beside an ashen fire
A butterfly came, brushed my nose with her wings, then
Lit upon my shoulder
And when wondering I turned to look
She flit and flew and removed herself to my shoe.
There she stayed for the better part of an hour, keeping me company while I read.
I think I could have sat with her
Under the golden sunlight and breeze-tossed emerald shadows
Happy forever
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional Writer
Great poem - thanks for sharing!
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MrWootton Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Professional Writer
=)
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FuzzyHoser Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
:heart: Gorgeous!
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional Writer
Thanks - I appreciate it very much!
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FuzzyHoser Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
A pleasure! :heart:
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DameOdessa Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome :)
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional Writer
Thanks - I appreciate it very much!
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vespera Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Oh that first stanza... :heart: this is beautiful
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