ONLINE MAGAZINE MONTHLY      MARCH 2003      ISSN 1479-425X

LESLIE HARRIS
The Story of Us and other poems

The Story of Us
Laughing at Illusions
Cantankerous Butterfly
Ode To A Wayward Child

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Cantankerous Butterfly

Cantankerous butterfly
Almost seems contradictory in terms
How something so beautiful and precious
Can also be so ugly
That gentle creation
Coaxed from its' cocoon by forces unseen
It emerges with a flourish, a spectacle of beauty
Yet somehow it can also turn wrong
That's how life seems sometimes
Paradoxical in all of its' glory
Good versus evil
Beautiful but ugly
Ugly yet somehow still beautiful
The vibrant emergence of beings
Juxtaposed against a backdrop of maleficent acts causing death
Life is magnificent one minute and quite harsh the next
Birth overshadowed by death
Joy robbed of its' glimmering brilliance by sadness
Nothing in all of this madness makes sense
Unless you stop and take time to assess it
Learn to enjoy its' kaleidoscopic nature
Breathe in and breathe out
Stop and smell the proverbial roses
Conventional wisdom says that you only get to live once
So accept that side, the dark and ugly
And learn to appreciate the precious and lovely


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