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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Apparition of a Butterfly

Apparition of a Butterfly

Upon a fuzzy vista - vision blurred -
I tried to focus; nothing ever solid
Came to view, but undeterred, I blinked
An eye to try again. Through the mist
A coloured hue; polychromatic flames
Had flickered at a whim; a rhythm bore
A thrumming too: a naturalistic hymn.
Behold! Were I to find a synonym to
Reproduce or recreate
The apparition of a butterfly,
Evolving through the waning vapour,
Drawing on a sigh from this romantic.
Glory be! The raging sun above
Had fired his furnace, flaming off
The hangers on. Now I saw the flare:
His time has come. He spread a tortoiseshell:
A scene of Mother Nature at her best.
I lay in peace in knowing I was blessed.

Copyright Mark R Slaughter 2009


17 comments:

  1. What a lovely soft image to got with this poem. Great!

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  2. That's such a nice image! I love every little bit of it!

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  3. Beautiful poem and stunning image.

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  4. Thank you montucky! :)

    Thanks Kate!

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  5. I rated this as gorgeous! I love the soft diffusion in black & white with the yellow butterfly and three yellow flowers. Wonderful contrast, and the frame chosen suits beautifully! I really like how you did this and I'd like to try this type of treatment sometime as I love to mix b&w with color. Excellent!

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  6. Thank you so much Anna! It's a method called 'Colorizing'. You can probably find a tutorial by googling that term. If you can't find anything, let me know and I'll email you with how this is accomplished.

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  7. That's a lovely image!

    I wanted to congratulate you; I just gave you the One-Minute Writing of the Day award for 1/29. Great job!

    -C. Beth
    The One-Minute Writer

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  8. Thank you so much for visiting C. Beth! Glad to 'see' you here!
    I'm glad you told me about the award as I didn't see anything about it on your blog! Thank you for that! I'll put it on this blog! :)

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  9. Maybe because I saw the movie "Water Horse", maybe because I tend or enjoy seeing fantasy, maybe because I react on first impressions, but what I see here is a magical butterfly returning to the photo it had escaped from. Our false perception will be of a butterfly perched upon a flower captured in a digital moment. However time does not sit still for either the magical world within and outside of the photo.

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  10. Preston, you are quite the poet! Love your take on this! Thank you so much! :)

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  11. Hi BBB

    I'm the author of this poem and I have to say that your image captures perfectly the flavour of my work. Thank you for providing such a beautiful image.

    Mark R Slaughter
    c/o Poemhunter.com

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  12. Hi Mark and welcome to my blog! I'm honored that you like this image. I have linked your name to your Poemhunter.com page to give you credit due! :)

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  13. So delicate, the flower awaits the touch of the butterfly. They combine in the beauty of nature, for eyes to behold. For this we are blessed.
    Alice

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  14. I can hardly wait to see butterflies again ♥ Beautiful poem. Again!

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