Sally Bliumis-Dunn


I once held an injured
Monarch in my hands.
I wanted to feel
the softness of its wings.
Touched, a fine
orange and black
powder coated
my fingertips;
and where I had fingered
the wing
the orange and black
were smudged,
and the tip, the very
tip of the wing
was transparent
and pale as rain.

Sally Bliumis-Dunn
“Butterfly” is from Talking Underwater (Wind Publications, 2007).