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When They Fly

Updated on March 29, 2015

Mesmerized by the colors,

I sit back just to admire.

I say “Oh, What a beautiful array!”

and I pay close attention to the shapes.

There’s beauty in the stance:

sitting on a flower.

They don’t realize the flowers aren’t the reason

I visit the garden, they are.

I listen,

But they don’t speak.

They exhaust no sound.

They don’t notice me

and that’s the reason

every part of me turns green,

starting with my narrowed eyes.

Without any effort at all,

they take off into the wind and fly.

Full of grace and poise, they pose into the air.

The tools are two beautiful wings.

They move quickly, cause who has time to spare?

If only I could fly away…

As a teen I felt misplaced.

I’m 22 today.

You’d think I would of

allowed myself to become

better acquainted with this place.

I’ve had no such luck.

I haven’t made a friend yet,

But I won’t give up.

I was born to be



lost , unsure and

off course.

Of course, I was born to be art.

Quit asking why I admire the butterflies.

Quit asking why

I keep getting them inked

onto my body.

Why take a peculiar interest in me,

when you’re not investing time in me

to get me wings?

Are you?

If I could maintain beauty and grace

while tearlessly leaving this place,

I would.

I couldn’t, I can’t , I shouldn’t…

I ran and turned back around.

If I could fly to the sun,

for some reason I don’t see myself

wanting to come back down.

Stability is a clown.

In my heart, I know I’d never feel alone

if every day could find me a new home.

If I had a peaceful life, would I be able to write?

I guess not,

but I still envy those colorful wings

when they fly.


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    • Ryem profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Maryland

      There's something very interesting about their beauty. Thanks for stopping by.

    • Lady_E profile image


      8 years ago from London, UK

      Beautiful Poem. I have always had a fascination for butterflies. They are so special.

    • Ryem profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Maryland

      That's wonderful thank you!

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      9 years ago

      That is so good,Ryem. I voted up.

    • Ryem profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Maryland

      Thank you LadyC & Mhatter for reading and stopping by it's always great to hear from you guys!!!

    • Mhatter99 profile image

      Martin Kloess 

      9 years ago from San Francisco

      I'm not sure of your title because this contained a rainbow of feelings. thank you (The title is perfect)

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      9 years ago

      Unique, carefree, naturally beautiful with a hidden mistery...the great treasure called a "Butterfly"

    • Ryem profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Maryland

      Hey tobusiness You're right somethings are meant to see, but not hold on to. Thanx for your comment!

      Snow, that's really sweet, thank you.

      Thanks Spy, it's always nice to know you've stopped by!

      That's exactly why I am so obsessed with butterflies, momster thank you for reading. Glad you liked it!

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      9 years ago

      Very nice poem. There is a uniquesess about butterflies. They are a beautiful creatation. Their colors are perfectly matched and patterned. Thanks for sharing your view on the beauty of nature.

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      Life Under Construction 

      9 years ago from Neverland

      ryem you always write poems in a beautiful way.

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      9 years ago from The Second Star to the Right

      Ryem, this is perfect! I always love how you write poetry

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      9 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Sometimes the best things in life are elusive, maybe we are only meant to admire, then wave goodbye. Your poem is very beautiful, I like you style.

    • Ryem profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Maryland

      Aww, they are always so quick to fly away!! : (

      Thank you Sue for stopping by, I appreciate the vote and I'm happy you like the poem!

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      9 years ago

      Hi Ryem,

      Beautiful, heartfelt and sad.

      I was out taking pictures today. A few times I tried to take a picture of a butterfly on a flower but it fluttered away.

      Voted up

      Take care :)


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