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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


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

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

  3. Beautiful poem and stunning image.

  4. Thank you montucky! :)

    Thanks Kate!

  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!

  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.

  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

  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! :)

  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.

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

  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

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

  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.

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


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