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jonathan duckworth



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.