IF I SAY, THE BUTTERFLY IS BEAUTIFUL, DAD,
he’ll say, it’s a bug.
If I say it likes him,
he’ll say, who needs friends?
If I say, once it was a caterpillar,
he’ll say, next it’ll be dead.
If I say, it’s a symbol of change,
he’ll inch his butt to the bench’s edge,
rock back and forth, back and forth,
like the physical therapists taught him
to get momentum, to stand safely,
then after three settling breaths
he’ll turn and start shuffling
towards the car.
If he’s feeling steady enough, if
the breeze isn’t too hard, he might
spread wide those bony elbows
look back at me
and flap them.
ABOUT THE POET
Michael Mark’s poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Alaska Quarterly Review, The Arkansas International, Copper Nickel, Michigan Quarterly Review, Pleiades, The Southern Review, The New York Times, The Sun, Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, Waxwing, The Poetry Foundation’s American Life in Poetry series, and other lovely places. MichaelJMark.com
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