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Watching A Butterfly Expire - Poem by Pamela Jokerst

(This poem is written in villanelle format; aside from that the primary element used if personification. The title is a work in progress; suggestions welcome)

Death is beautiful when it has wings
all dressed in butterfly attire
that matches the colors brought by autumn winds

Crimson-orange, veins of sable, and spots that whisper
of bronze adorn death's paper-delicate wings that tire.
Poised on a golden speckled autumn leaf, death is beautiful when it has wings.

Flutter stop, flutter stop, like a child's wind-up toy, butterfly life unwinds.
Open, close o-pen cl-ose go butterfly wings with flying desire,
whose wings match the colors brought by autumn winds.

Gracefully death pirouettes as choreographed by northerly winds.
Left-two-three, right-two-three, blow the costumed death in half spirals.
Death is beautiful when it has wings.

Death plays out slowly while in butterfly wings, and only the fortunate will witness
that golden leaf, all speckled brown and red, become the stage of balletic inspire-
ation. Leaves that fall and death's wings that cease match colors brought by autumn winds.

The dance has ended, the curtain drawn as life makes her final withdraw.
Death disrobes from its butterfly clothes, leaving to find new attire.
But death is never so beautuful than when it has wings
that match the colors brought by autumn winds.


Comments about Watching A Butterfly Expire by Pamela Jokerst

  • Rookie ~ Jon London ~ (8/30/2009 7:20:00 AM)

    Lovely write Pamela, wonderful soft imagery that colours the page with natures natural shades of beauty..............well thought out piece...for your first poem here at PH...I'm impressed.....keep expressing & exploring....you have a gift...Welcome to POEMHUNTER.... :) (Report) Reply

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Poems About Death

  1. 1. Watching A Butterfly Expire , Pamela Jokerst
  2. 2. Death , dymon sidebottom
  3. 3. Courage , Audrey Marie Kay
  4. 4. Death , taylor clayton
  5. 5. My Duchess Plea , Adeosun Olamide
  6. 6. The Battaile Of Crescey , Charles Aleyn
  7. 7. A Meditation Upon Death , Thomas Cranley
  8. 8. In The Face Of Death , Levi Oracion
  9. 9. The Historie Of Henrie The Seventh , Charles Aleyn
  10. 10. Author`s Note (Revised) , Steve Trimmer
  11. 11. Life , That nice guy who wants love
  12. 12. Silent Death , Michael Buchanan
  13. 13. Why Pluck A Flower , Follower Of Sai Baba
  14. 14. Word Problem , Michael Fischer
  15. 15. Then There Comes Death , golden opulence
  16. 16. My Man , YUKI SHIRAYUKI
  17. 17. Death Comes Tonight , Michael Buchanan
  18. 18. Death Has Came , dymon sidebottom
  19. 19. Death The Artist , GuyAdler Dorelien
  20. 20. The Gift , Jose Aguilar
  21. 21. Tear Days , Kevin Massie
  22. 22. Death Of A Sun , benjamin ruffin
  23. 23. Life And Death , Elizabeth Turner
  24. 24. Death , Timothy hopkins
  25. 25. 'Quote 5' , Shania K. Younce
  26. 26. School: To Learn Or Die? , thomas hannah
  27. 27. Death , Marie Causey
  28. 28. Kiss Of Death , jess barnely
  29. 29. Will You Dance With Me , Morinanna Wyzard
  30. 30. Party , Tanner Herndon
  31. 31. Conceive , Tanner Herndon
  32. 32. Secret Of Death , Saga Raijasdotter
  33. 33. Death To Be Healed , Zoey Damien
  34. 34. Life Of Death , Kelly Zion
  35. 35. When Death Speaks , Micah Krahn
  36. 36. Death Be Proud , Alexander Sergei
  37. 37. Doomes-Day: The Fourth Houre , William Alexander
  38. 38. I Stared Into Death Eyes , Nickey Mason
  39. 39. Book Vi - Part 04 - The Plague Athens , Lucretius
  40. 40. Aphorisms From Wisdom Collection: The Bo.. , Sorin Cerin
  41. 41. Death , sreelekha premjit
  42. 42. Pain Of Living , sreelekha premjit
  43. 43. Death , Raven Pilipczuk
  44. 44. Violent Death Is The Bane Of African Wri.. , alexander opicho
  45. 45. Violent Death Is The Bane Of African Wri.. , alexander opicho
  46. 46. The Rhine Salmon Complaint, Translation .. , T (no first name) Wignesan
  47. 47. Death , Molly O'Shaunessy
  48. 48. Quotation # 3 , saint cynosure ( Ken Bennigh ..
  49. 49. Not Getting The Better Of Me , Juliauna (J.jay) Maddux
  50. 50. Death , Christian Guild
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