Wieslaw Musialowski

Niemodlin / Poland
Wieslaw Musialowski
Niemodlin / Poland

A Butterfly Pinned Down

Rating: 3.8
Translated by Jarek Zawadzki

How beautiful you are, oh butterfly,
But sadly from the display case you stare,
Stone-dead in a pose on a wing of an August day,
When you would rather hover in the air.

No wind now, lightly blowing, that may come
Will ever make you rise from non-existence
Or carry you as if a speck of dust
So that you savor altitude and distance.

No sunny ray will ever touch your wings,
The wings that sleep so widely open now.
You're like a sunless rainbow that upon
A pitch-black cloud has been bedimmed somehow.

No elm will evermore, for breakfast,
Treat you with its nectar or provide with shade,
No wind will ever ask you
To dance upon a meadow or a forest glade.

Were you a gorgeous swallowtail,
You'd love sweet roses that are oft in garden grown
Around the palaces and thrones of kings,
These flowers alas have been to you unknown.

But there's a consolation from behind
The showcase glass you can observe all-day
A nice scarce swallowtail pinned down,
Which (same as you)cannot take wing and fly away.~

Copyright © by Wieslaw Musialowski 4/22/2003
Sunday, July 22, 2018
Topic(s) of this poem: alone,butterflies,butterfly,loneliness,poem,sad
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COMMENTS
Me Poet Yeps Poet 29 July 2020
very old poems compose some new ones much water has flowed down the rivers of Poland have you any o poet do read me
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Akhtar Jawad 21 August 2018
Beauty is like a migratory bird, the weather of love when changes in my heart it migrates to her heart to come back in the springs with a few new colors.
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Me Poet Yeps Poet 28 July 2018
what language you speak if Russki kindly translate my moms smiles and mothers day poems please you will relish them also thanks friendly poet
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Kumarmani Mahakul 24 July 2018
But there's a consolation from behind The showcase glass you can observe all day A nice scarce swallowtail pinned down, Which (same as you) cannot take wing and fly away.........so touching. A beautiful poem on metaphor nicely executed.
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Rajnish Manga 22 July 2018
From beginning to the end, the poem reflects the pain of an innocent life cut short in its prime and displayed as a trophy in a show case as if to declare the supremacy of man over other creatures and nature. Thanks. How beautiful you are, oh butterfly, But sadly from the display case you stare,
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Robert Murray Smith 22 July 2018
A great metaphor with excellent images.++10
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Rini shibu 22 July 2018
Beautiful poem about butterfly.. Well penned
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