SENTINEL POETRY
ONLINE MAGAZINE MONTHLY #13  (DECEMBER 2003) ISSN 1479-425X

POEMS
Nkechi Nwosu-Igbo
Don't Cry, Dear Butterfly
Spirit Immersed
Aminu Mahmud
My Heart Whispers,
Prometheus
Sunset
Protest Streets
Memoir
Durlabh Singh
Sonnet One
Natural Tones
Tolulope Ogunlesi
A Bridge Passing Under Many Waters
Those Eyes
Helen Woodward
Mirror
Woman 1
Woman 2
Stone
Nilanshu Kumar Agarwal
Memory Is Being Blurred
I Am Being Drowned
Shakespeare In Tears
Adult Franchise
Rural India
Ugochukwu Smooth C.
One Day
Her
Uche Nduka
Shuffle Beige: Extracts
Chris Major
Manners
Emman Usman Shehu
Concordance
Gorgon
Angela Fraser
Invocation
INTERVIEW
Nnorom Azuonye
My E-Conversation with
Emman Usman Shehu
LINKS
Past Issues
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Guest Book/Feedback
Cover Page

NKECHI NWOSU-IGBO


DON'T CRY, DEAR BUTTERFLY

How did I get here?
Living my other fantasy?
You came
and changed me forever.
I wish I could sing
of these butterflies flipping their wings
in my stomach.

(Yak! Too romantic!)

Flipping their wings in my stomach
I wish I could sing
of these butterflies that tint my eyes
as I watch for you through my windows.
Looking out to the hills,
I catch my first glimpse of you
as you stagger into my perspective.

I like the way I feel
when I run down the stairs
and into your sopping arms.
I cry out your name as you sway
and I try to catch your fall.

How did we get here?
I ask your drunk self
please can I make you cry
like you have made me moan
for me, for you, for butterflies' fantasy?

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