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Her Beautiful Butterfly

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Her Beautiful Butterfly

She closed her hand over it
Tightly, oh, so tightly
Wanting to keep it
THIS TIME
She wouldn't let it fly away
As the others had done before

She felt the beating of butterfly wings
Against the inside of her palm
She giggled
Taking a quick peek
Between her prison fingers
To see again 
The beauty
Of the Monarch butterfly

How she longed to keep it…forever
To look at its beauty
Whenever she was sad
Which happened to be
Quite often...
Maybe because she wanted to fly away
And could not
That she wanted the company
Of that beautiful flitting thing

The frantic movement was getting less
She sat down on a rock
And took another peek
He was still there
Trying to get out
He almost squeezed through
But she closed him in again

Another butterfly
Danced about her face
Almost alighting on her knee
With her sudden motion of glee
It then flew to a waiting flower
Pausing in the sunlight
To show off its brilliant colors
Then it took flight
Pretty and light
Like her dreams at night

For the first time
A little pain came to her chest
As a truth began to dawn
Her little captive was meant to fly
To be free
She mustn't keep it long

As a childish tear or two
Gathered in the corners
Of her pretty brown eyes
Lingering on her dark lashes
She slowly opened her hands
Only to see
Butterfly colored fingers
Moist and wet
Where a butterfly lay dead
In the cradle of her palm

Eileen Manassian Ghali



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  1. Date: 8/28/2013 11:06:00 AM
    Awesome write you have here Eileen,,, I've done this once or twice when I was young. I like the way you put your words together ;}

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 8/28/2013 11:30:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    My dad had a collection of mounted butterflies....a still butterfly with a pin through it's heart...could anything be sadder than that???? Thanks for visiting, Debbie. You always have something sweet to say. Hugs!
  1. Date: 8/28/2013 6:52:00 AM
    This one makes my heart ache. You are exceptional Eileen.

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 8/28/2013 11:59:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    :0)
    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 8/28/2013 11:28:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you, Richard...I'm sorry to have made your heart ache, but...conversely, your post made my heart smile!
  1. Date: 8/27/2013 6:35:00 PM
    Some things you can love toooo much. Very interesting and beautiful write. Take care, Richard

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 8/28/2013 11:26:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Now, Mr SEAL...Now you're talking....and when that happens...someone gets smothered and dies...Better to let it fly free and carry the memory of the beauty you once held in your hand....