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Posted: February 5th. 2005 4:41:11 PM

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Captured Butterfly

by Phronesus Disegno

Age Group: Adult

You may well have traveled far
Tell me, what all did you learn?
What things did you discover,
What knowledge did you earn?

You say you're none the wiser,
Enthralled by expectation's end,
You said it matters not
Whether lover or a friend.
Confounded by your life,
Making sense to just let go?
What all could you have learned,
When you chose to never know?

To return to the same dance
Dismissing what has passed
Holding tight to a fantasy
One that never seems to last
Forcing romances into your mold
Enslaving, binding with rope
Tearing all their defenses down
And stripping them of their hope?

And to say each was a treasure
And each one you sorely miss
Interested in only your pleasure
Denying them their own bliss
To initiate the same experience
There is nothing wrong with that,
But experiencing the same outcome
Always ending in combat?

The blame for losing a love
So you say is very blind;
Do not hide behind that mask
Blaming those who left you behind
So yes, that's all there is
Though you never asked me why
My love crushed in your hand
As your captured butterfly

With beautiful broken wings
I escaped your forceful embrace
I took one last look at you
With tears streaming down my face
I was sorry I had to leave you
In your misery and pain
You cared not for my broken wings,
Only that I did not remain

Ah yes, you will start again,
Another wink, another smile
Another seed you will have sown
To destroy again with guile.
And then, to hear you brag
"There are other fish in the sea!"
But with so many left to be caught,
Why's your life empty as can be?

So true, life does move on
Turning anger to love is a blessing,
Tell me, what all have you learned
By ignoring the same old lesson?

Author's Notes: Although I have written this poem just now and posted it, I am glad that it no longer applies to my life in a bad way. I was looking through some files I have archived on my computer and ran across some e-mails I saved several months ago. Another person and I had the darnedest time trying to get along, and the poem explains why.

After all of this time, now that the pain has passed, I reread the e-mails and was able to look at the whole situation more objectively. While my perception of the past situtation with this person is clearly biased in my favor in the poem, I was inspired to write about a few remaining issues I have that will most likely never be fully resolved because I have made the decision to avoid any and all further contact with this person. Past attempts at reconciliation just plain didn't work, mainly because this person feigned total innocence thereby refusing to apologize, and there's no real reason to rehash dead issues.

Even though I am actually astounded that it just didn't seem possible to maintain even a civil friendship with this person, I have to admit that once it was all over, it was like a tremendous weight taken off my shoulders. My energy level returned to normal, I once again felt the sense of peace and calm that I am used to having in my adult life, and you know what? Even my emotions became unblocked and I was once again radiating happiness instead of putting all of my energy into defending myself from passive-aggressive psychological attack from this person, because no longer was this person using my sense of "giving of myself" against me such that I didn't have anything left for myself except a damage report to deal with on my own.

All that remains today regarding that "experience" with this person, is my having to smooth out a few ruffled feathers, but hey, I think ruffled feathers are kinda cute, especially now that I am back to being myself, unable to wipe the smile off my face. And if you think that's funny, you should see me when I get up in the morning. I'm smiling, of course, with my hair pointing toward every major city in the world. :-)

Author's Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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