If Butterflies Are Free

If butterflies are free
We must abolish acrylic
Boxes,
Paper weights,
And tiny bottles with
Tastless flowers...
Butterfly nets,
Picture frames,
And
Collectors who boast to know
Them all by name,
And
Little boys
Who pinch their wings...
Dead butterflies are such
Unseemly things.

by Dorothy (Alves) Holmes

Comments (3)

nothing like a row of clones and look alikes... no individuality no differences... i never realized how each different species of fish looked exactly the same as each other..a flounder looks like another flounder etc..great detail in the writing with a wonderful philosophical view..it begs me to say Holy Mackeral! !
I think Mark Doty's great. An heir to Marianne Moore in his precise use of language and eye for the visual detail. Never bombastic or tedious or pretentious. And no postmodern gibberish. He'll last.
I think Mark Doty's great. An heir to Marianne Moore in his precise use of language and eye for the visual detail. Never bombastic or tedious or pretentious. And no postmodern gibberish. He'll last.