Poet Jeffery Beam

The Man Who Ate Butterflies

You wouldn't think
he would do such a
thing in public in
front of children or
even dogs who have
been known to eat
wasps (are always
embarrassed) But he
cannot stop himself
To imagine the sweet
nectar stolen by the
proboscis the cool
air between the wings
the colored dust He
thinks "Turkish De-
light! Yum! Yum!"
Before you know it he
has grabbed the poor
thing and swallowed
He likes flowers and
so spends many after-
noons visiting gardens

From The Broken Flower, manuscript.

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