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by Brooke Shaden
There exist diamonds among butterflies,
colorless morphs with gossamer wings.
They cling like death to trees
born to fear the blustering winds;
their delicacy easily tossed-n-torn.
Vigilant, they wait for life giving forces
weighed down in hues of blue
overflowing in shades of orange
steaming in tints of red
steeped in blushes of purple
to connect their symbiotic chord to.
Emotions flow as colored ink
releasing heavy/bursting hearts
as the butterflies find their wings.
On the winds dance colorful morphs,
shimmering jewels with brilliant-cut wings.
Inspiration for this piece: For Poetics this week, dVerse Poets Pub is exploring the "Passion of Brooke Shanden," a fine art photographer who doesn't mind getting in front of the camera. It was not easy to select one image...for I was drawn to many, but in the end I did manage to find one to focus on. (You can see more of her work through her gallery or her blog.)
While the image present here as a heavyhearted feel to it, which I think fits well with the color choice of blue. Originally my thought was to focus on the sadness...the butterfly pulling the sadness away both helping the individual by lightening their load and the butterfly by weighing it down (and adding color). As I came to that portion of the poem, I felt an itch to move beyond just a single emotion. I imaged similar images of joyous (orange) individuals twirling with butterflies attached and angry (red) fuming individuals and passionate (purple) individuals.... Any emotion can go overboard and take us too far away from the world and from ourselves; it seemed like the butterflies could help with stealing a bit more than just blues.
On a side note: Not 100% sold on the title...