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Ode To A Tattered Butterfly

Author: David Footle

Through countless days aloft,
a flit.
A fleet dancing of raucous grace.
The lulled afternoons embracing warm,
willowing, lofted lace.
As billowing breezes move about, 
the leaves
themselvesโ€”once havensโ€”
act as walled gates 
to batter against.
Time allows the 
interactions to become,
while fruitful, 
much more fretful.

Frantic flutters.
Beaten
wings 
against more than
air.
Ever lurking 
animals. All
potential predators.

The wings left marked,
marred, 
ajar 
before a lift off
not so easily fluttered.
Wear and tears 
make tatters the new fetters.
Torn yet beaten
are the painted cloaks.

And so it still flies.

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