Monday, June 14, 2010

Lepidopterist by Lorna Goodison...my favourite from her.

-I've done my best to immortalize what i failed to keep.
-Joseph Brodsky

And now I am a lepidopterist
with my rows of bitter pins
securing here, now there
the flown species wings.
If we soak the memories
in our bile
they will keep and crystallize
come clear
in the heat of this now poisoned air.
I thought I had you/ where are you?
You gave up on us/ I gave up on you
You changed your mind/ I'm changing mine
Lord, even in death the wings beat so.
Hold still.
let me put this last row in.

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