April poetry challenge day 24

Today’s poem for Paul Brookes’ challenge is inspired by Snipe by John Law and Wishes by Kerfe Roig.

Swift and sweet-sharp

There are butterflies,
soft as rose petals, bright as dawn,
and birdwings swift and scissor-sharp,
shrilling-tongued to fill the sky.

Beak, wings, the long, uncoiled
proboscis spring that delves deep
into sweet flowered tubes,
all tasting life sharp and sweet,

but there is always death
that comes, swift and sharp
as the cracking of eggshells,
the tearing of birth sacks.

Life runs in rivers, tides,
and flutters ephemeral as butterfly wings
in a white blizzard of poplar seeds.

Published by

Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

11 thoughts on “April poetry challenge day 24”

  1. Lovely and poignant. I love those last two lines.

    We chose the same images and had similar ideas. My first draft had more about death, but I was making myself too sad, so I made it more optimistic. 😀

  2. The blizzard of poplar seeds is quite literal. They are like great clusters of snow flakes, filling the air. I’ve tried to photograph them but, like snowflakes, they don’t appear.

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