Jose Asuncion Silva

(1865 - 1896 / Colombia)

Butterflies - Poem by Jose Asuncion Silva

In a fragile vase
In your chamber are
Preserved butterflies
That when touched by
A brilliant sun ray
Turn to mother-of-pearl,
Pieces of iridescent
Evening sky
Or opaline glimmer
Of velvety wings;
There the azure
Daughters of the air,
Mercurial wings
Now fixed forever,
Wings that traversed
Unexplored valleys
That like the desires
Of your enamored soul
Seem, at dawn,
To be revived
When you unlatch
Your windows and sun
Explodes in your eyes
And in crystalline panes.


Comments about Butterflies by Jose Asuncion Silva

  • (8/29/2017 10:59:00 PM)


    A sweet and superb poem as also the flight of imagery. Loved this poem. (Report) Reply

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  • Subhas Chandra Chakra (8/29/2017 1:44:00 PM)


    Preserved butterflies
    That when touched by
    A brilliant sun ray
    Turn to mother-of-pearl,

    beautiful description of butterflies.
    Thanks poet.10.
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  • Edward Kofi Louis (8/29/2017 10:44:00 AM)


    In a fragile vase! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • Anil Kumar Panda (8/29/2017 10:32:00 AM)


    Penned with utmost care about the beauty of a butterfly. Loved its flow and simplicity. Congrats. (Report) Reply

  • Jeanette Telusma (8/29/2017 4:49:00 AM)


    A wonderful poem written so eloquently. Thanks for sharing. Congratulations for poem of the day. (Report) Reply

  • Kumarmani Mahakul (8/29/2017 4:22:00 AM)


    This is a beautiful poem on butterflies and nature having stunning expression. Thanks to his soul. (Report) Reply

  • Kumarmani Mahakul (8/29/2017 3:58:00 AM)


    This is a beautiful poem on butterflies and nature with stunning expression. Nice penmanship. Thanks to his soul. (Report) Reply

  • (8/29/2017 3:20:00 AM)


    This is a beautiful, delicate, airy and lovely poem.
    But if you like this you must read his Nocturne III., a masterpiece of not only Latin American Literature but of Universal Literature. A love poem with the heartfelt pain and sadness of the Poem of Poems, Annabelle Lee.
    You will find it right here, amazingly well translated.
    (Report) Reply

  • Anita Aparajita Das (8/29/2017 2:57:00 AM)


    There the azure
    Daughters of the air,
    Mercurial wings
    Now fixed forever,
    Beautiful butterfly poem. Thanks.
    (Report) Reply

  • Nudershada Cabanes (8/29/2017 2:19:00 AM)


    A poem of superb loveliness. (Report) Reply

  • Robert Murray Smith (8/29/2017 1:29:00 AM)


    A beautiful poem that shimmers in the light. (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (8/29/2017 12:52:00 AM)


    Such a lovely poem👍👍👍 (Report) Reply

  • (4/1/2011 2:22:00 PM)


    beautiful poem. I love butterflies. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, April 6, 2010



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