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Joe Rivas

Rookie (September 18th 1971 / Lancaster, California)

I captured a butterfly in a jar


I captured a butterfly in a jar
I danced around in the grass for hours
Chasing it down stumbling falling laughing
Making the chase the most rewarding

I captured a butterfly in a jar
There it was for me to hold and keep forever
Anytime I wanted to relish in the joy of life
There it was for me to look upon

I captured a butterfly in a jar
Time eroded on and all things change
The butterfly became just another bug
Trapped in a glass cage

I captured a butterfly in a jar
And saw how sad it truly was
A prisoner and I the jailer
I had to let it go

I captured a butterfly in a jar
I opened that lid and allowed it to go
And it flew away far from me
It left me yearning for that summer day

I captured a butterfly in a jar
But maybe it captured me
Because ever since that butterfly flew away
I have never again felt free

Submitted: Monday, August 21, 2006
Edited: Thursday, August 26, 2010

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  • Rookie Scarlet Red (8/21/2006 1:21:00 PM)

    this poem got me reading me from top to bottom.. as butterfly has its enchanting beauty, your poem has a different charisma to read... nice piece joe! =) (Report) Reply

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