H E R M E N E U T I C C H A O S J O U R N A L
To Catch a Butterfly
It’s difficult at first.
There’s a yawning nothing around you
that needs filling.
Your fluttering wings
like two basil leaves bracing together
against a breeze that’s only perceptible
because I’m sweating.
The faintly citric magnolia blossom
into which you plunge your proboscis.
If only the scent were stronger
And linger in me just a bit longer
then everything would be a Southern pastoral.
Time for a sight: white, white, white;
too much sun, or at least too much
for someone who’s spent the last few hours
sinking into a computer screen’s event horizon.
And yet I’m no closer to you
now than when I started.
Do I ever really catch you
or is it all about the color of the air
between you and my net?
Jonathan Louis Duckworth is a current MFA student at Florida International University in Miami, where he works as a teaching assistant. He also serves as a reader and copy-editor for the Gulf Stream Literary Magazine.
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