gershon hepner

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Once You Touch A Butterfly - Poem by gershon hepner

Once you touch a butterfly
it often, flustered, fails to flutter,
and cannot soar into the sky
without a sputter and may splutter,
because for butterflies the touch
of humans, friend or enemy,
can be calamitous, the clutch
of humankind’s hegemony.

When touching those whom we befriend,
no less than those whom we betroth,
we must take care lest we offend,
for, whether butterfly or moth,
the ones for whom we care may find
it hard to soar if we should brush
the dust, though trying to be kind,
from wings that, having touched, we crush.


Comments about Once You Touch A Butterfly by gershon hepner

  • Kim Barney (9/21/2014 12:43:00 PM)

    Well said indeed. Absolutely true. (Report) Reply

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  • (5/6/2006 10:05:00 PM)

    Damn, Gershon... In reading this, I am convicted of the wings I have broken with
    a careless touch...

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  • (8/22/2005 11:39:00 AM)

    At the risk of damning you with faint praise, I consider this the most accomplished poem on this site.

    Thanks for sharing!
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  • (8/22/2005 10:51:00 AM)

    this is beautifully done. (Report) Reply

  • (8/22/2005 10:51:00 AM)

    I really enjoy this poem, cruel to be kind. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, August 22, 2005

Poem Edited: Tuesday, November 13, 2007

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