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Butterfly Leap

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Butterfly Leap

I split wood today
and as the autumnal rush
of orange moths hovered
thought about Kathleen and her trapeze

holding on eight years old
shipwrecked in the ditch between tours
an elemental balance without wings
ballet slippers gripping toes out

in a child’s swotting focus
al dente to waves no fear in the twist
a dance of agile insect bearing
throw of body an insolent somersault

held steady on the tightrope
circus and animals going down
the Tasman Sea no safety net
pulled herself out to a life boat

untethered so free of harness
as merchant sailors span their tales
on the Wellington to Melbourne run
stooped and galapagos

picking her up from Thornbury
a great grandmother to Sunday roast
she finally told me the mystery
of perpendicular flight

Woman in armchair - Gustav Klimt
Woman in armchair - Gustav Klimt
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