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Questions for a Butterfly

by John Jacobson

Where do you find will

To move papery wings

The color of autumn leaves

On your erratic flight over milkweed and

Golden rod?


How do you go on

Mile after mile

Buffeted by wind

And soaked by rain

When you seem

So fragile?


Do you feel a growing urgency

As time passes

That it might run out

Before you reach that place

You long for yet

Can’t name

Or describe?

John Jacobson lives in the Catskill Mountains of New York. His writing has appeared in many publications including About Place Journal, Aji Magazine, The Curlew, Intima Journal of Narrative Medicine, Tiny Seed Literary Journal and Remembered Arts Journal. John's essay “Fly” was nominated for the “Best of the Net, 2018” anthology and a Pushcart Prize.


September 2019

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