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Anchored to a spent daisy
in the forge of continuous summer,
an orange & black speckled butterfly
had spun her silk pad,
had shed caterpillar skin,
had burst capsuled chrysalis,
and I named her Whitman & water & wind.
Her forelegs, vestigial,
held close to her body,
and I named her fish & sparrow,
and when she lifted
with a sound of light rain,
she flew beyond milkweed stalks,
above a caution sign
and grooved pavement,
and I named her otter & fire.
And when she rose
among asters & comets
when she stroked through cloudless blue
I named her unmechanical.
Now I call her mist & dawn.
a pool of blue shade in her place.
Howie Faerstein’s first book of poetry, Dreaming of the Rain in Brooklyn, was published in 2013 by Press 53. A second collection, Googootz and Other Poems came out in September, 2018. His work can be found in numerous journals including Great River Review, Nimrod, CutThroat, Off the Coast, Rattle, upstreet, Mudfish and on-line in Verse Daily, Gris-Gris, Peacock Journal, and Connotation. Considering himself an “adjunct emeritus,” he is presently volunteering as a citizenship mentor at the Center for New Americans and is Associate Poetry Editor of CutThroat, A Journal of the Arts. After living in Brooklyn for fifty years, and then the Berkshires, New Mexico and Colorado, he now lives in Florence, Massachusetts.