THE WINGED SECRET

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    THE WINGED SECRET

    My great, great grandfather told
    my great grandfather who told
    my grandfather about the mystery
    of butterflies.

    According to him,
    butterflies never die natural deaths.
    Unless we crush them, or spray on them,
    or, God forbid, eat them,
    they will fly forever
    into the garden of melancholy.

    The butterfly, he said, whispers its secrets to
    the flowers that never listen.
    It nuzzles and kisses them, extols their scents.
    But the stamens and pistils are lovers
    that don’t believe the murmurs
    of a vagrant rainbow.

    And so the butterfly flutters away
    to other flowers that are still heedless.
    It wanders in the woods, in the rice fields,
    in the riverbanks, into the oblivious sky
    until it reaches the infinite horizon.
    By then, the butterfly is worn-out,
    but still beautiful.

    And now that I’m flying away,
    the age-old secrets that I now bear
    are too wonderful to whisper.

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    iLuvPoetryJACOB commented on THE WINGED SECRET

    01-18-2010

    Absolutely wonderful poem. You REALLY got my attention in the third stanza. I read a lot on here, and it's a bit hard for me to find a poem that I truly adore. Great work, and I hope you'll write more, 'cause I'll be waiting. =] --Natalie.

    cmlestrade commented on THE WINGED SECRET

    07-20-2009

    This is beautiful prose. The images you created actually contribute to the mood and theme of the poem. keep up the nice work.

    KagenoKitsune commented on THE WINGED SECRET

    07-03-2009

    there is very little poetry i actually enjoy, and this is great! i see a beautiful person who seeks another, that is already involved. something everyone can relate to.

    HarverTomsson commented on THE WINGED SECRET

    06-04-2009

    This is a wonderful parable teaching us to slow down and value apparent little things for their cosmic significance, or experience irretrievable loss. The interplay between myth and mystery is a powerful lever of persuasion to listen. Well crafted.

    Nicko7 commented on THE WINGED SECRET

    03-19-2009

    Nice almost surreal gentle almost musical piece well written

    In science one tries to tell people, in such a way as to be understood by everyone, something that no one ever knew before. But in poetry, it's the exact opposite.

    Franz Kafka (1883-1924) Czech writer.

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