The Butterfly

I must wonder if the great transformation carries forward like the butterfly
or is the butterfly’s life,
beautiful in its emerging flutter,
colors splash around the air,
the backdrop of a clear blue sky,
after stormy skies left behind tears,
then it’s gone for that moment,
as though on some haphazard mission,
to bring splendor to another’s eyes,
the voyeur from afar,
whose wondering matches mine,
and whose heart longs for love,
and perhaps has known love, the dalliances,
the twitter, the pangs, and the break, all of it,
a marvelous miracle and a lie,
there to be matched with you (a new fit like it was meant to happen),
a new change,
from creepy crawly monster to the gentle flutter of wings magnified,
then you disappeared,
all you left behind was a memory,
an orange and black blur,
you left me,
you died.

Published by: frankmarquezwritings

I'm a writer, and have been for most of my adult life. Without making this sound like a resume, I wrote creatively in college, dabbling in poetry, short stories and play writing. Later, I became a journalist, public affairs specialist, copy editor and eventually a guy who ran his own newspaper. Now, I'm back to letting my imagination run wild in some new creations including a science-fiction novel. Somehow, I also managed to teach English to high school kids, and roam the battlefields of Afghanistan as a field historian. Field historian may be a misnomer considering all I did was write abstracts summarizing military unit profiles and missions that included hundreds of interviews of troops and contractors in combat. I grew up in a small town called Gering, Nebraska, before escaping to Pomona, California, where I spent my last two years of high school, graduating from Ganesha High School in 1983. I have a Bachelors in English from the University of La Verne (1987), and a Masters in Education from UNLV (2007). In between, I worked for government - the Army and TSA. I served tours in Panama, D.C., and Tokyo, all thanks to a teacher who encouraged me to see the world before I settled down. As hobbies, I run, hike and bicycle long distances. I have also been known to surf and ski. I now live in my hometown after moving back in June 2015. I get to see family on a regular basis, breath fresh air, and not have to ride the D.C. metro or get stuck in traffic. In fact, I ride my bicycle whenever I can. I'm happily married to my wife Lisa, and we watch over a pack of fur babies, our dog Charley, and three cats Spike, Bootsy, and Franky (his shelter name). If you should ever visit me in west Nebraska, be prepared to feast your eyes on paradise.

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