The Garden Butterfly

 

The antenna-edged ants attack first. They attach
a butterfly to a memory deep in our hearts.
They turn to a transparent lie, as they try to match
their skin with ours. That these ants get their smarts
From bells and ringing shells, chords that detach
to ply a misericordia of all the parts
too partisan, is palatial. To patch
the inside of insects while reminding monarchs
that while rhyme may be the porcelain of poetry;
‘to be’ can only be a poet’s mimicry.

Published by extrasimile

define: extra: excess, more than is needed, required or desired; something additional of the same kind. define: simile: a simile is a type of figurative language, language that does not mean exactly what it says, that makes a comparison between two otherwise unalike objects or ideas by connecting them with the words “like” or “as.” The reader can see a similar connection with the verbs resemble, compare and liken. Similes allow an author to emphasize a certain characteristic of an object by comparing that object to an unrelated object that is an example of that characteristic. define: extra: an minor actor in a crowd scene

3 thoughts on “The Garden Butterfly

  1. John
    I’m a little embarrasses to admit this, but I wasn’t thinking of Hamlet at all when I put that ‘to be’ in the last line. What I was thinking, first, of Plato and the use he gives to ‘mimesis’ in his theory or knowledge, and secondly, I was thinking that ‘to be’ would ring a gong that would resonate in ‘mimicry’. Of course I’ll take the Hamlet association—so, don’t tell anybody.

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