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The Magpie and The Butterfly, A Terzanelle

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The Magpie and The Butterfly, A Terzanelle

I look out upon a lonely Magpie,
I feel a great stirring deep in my heart,
As he gracefully glides across the sky.

He’s always searching for his other part,
The Butterfly to whom he gave his soul,
I feel a great stirring deep in my heart.

But he does not know that he is still whole,
Even when apart she is still with him,
The Butterfly to whom he gave his soul.

For that’s what love means, it is no whim,
Giving yourself wholly to another,
Even when apart she is still with him.

And the Butterfly is with her lover,
Knowing the greatest gift that one can give,
Giving yourself wholly to another.

My heart is yours for as long as I live,
I look out upon a lonely Magpie,
Knowing the greatest gift that one can give,
As he gracefully glides across the sky.


*Decoding: reading the first line of each stanza  forms a message to my “Magpie” from his “Butterfly” (as does the last ;) )

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  1. Date: 1/26/2013 9:58:00 PM

    Congratulations for a very creative and lovely Valentines Poem and awesome win my dear Sharon! Thanks for sharing it, too! love/hugs, Leonora

  1. Date: 1/26/2013 9:00:00 PM

    Certainly a challenge with this form. A big congrats for your First place win!

  1. Date: 1/26/2013 7:02:00 PM

    Hi Sharon, Congrats on the win with this splendid poem. It must have been real tough, writing a Terzanelle and putting in a message inside!! Jag

  1. Date: 1/26/2013 4:46:00 PM

    Sharon... congratulations in Suzette's sweet sweet " VALENTINE" contest. Always & forever * LINDA

  1. Date: 1/26/2013 1:45:00 PM

    Congratulations on your Ist Place win with this beauty! Always, Annalise

  1. Date: 1/26/2013 10:33:00 AM

    Congrad's on your win in this contest it wasn't an easy challenge![I'm pouting I can not see your message :(] Light & Love

  1. Date: 1/26/2013 9:18:00 AM

    What a terrfic job, decoding your personal message!! Congrats to you!

  1. Date: 1/26/2013 8:11:00 AM

    I knew this was a winner, very well done!

  1. Date: 1/26/2013 8:10:00 AM

    Congrats on an eloquently written poem. ;)

  1. Date: 1/26/2013 4:41:00 AM

    Congratulations on your fist place win with this beautiful VALENTINE message, cleverly encoded, Sharon. Love, Su

  1. Date: 1/21/2013 11:03:00 AM

    Wonderfully done.

  1. Date: 1/21/2013 7:32:00 AM

    Ahh!!These take great effort on the writer's part..Enjoyed reading this morning.Thanks for stopping by.Sara

  1. Date: 1/20/2013 8:08:00 PM

    A loving tribute ..jimbo

  1. Date: 1/20/2013 4:36:00 PM

    Excellent poetry Sharon, this is a very difficult form for many, you seem to have mastered it quiet well congrats, xxx

  1. Date: 1/20/2013 4:14:00 PM

    Fantastic, you took a different form to an even higher level. Great great job.

  1. Date: 1/20/2013 2:35:00 PM

    Yes, that's what love is. I think I've been bitten too, lol. Love it, Sharon!