Like a Drunken Butterfly

Like a Drunken Butterfly

A Poem by MsJewel
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~ odd things happen during the Santa Ana winds ~

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“It was one of those hot dry Santa Anas that come down through the mountain passes and curl your hair and make your nerves jump and your skin itch” Raymond Chandler



 

A blistering summer afternoon

 scented of peaches,

                 plump with fragrance,

sweetening the yesterday’s sweeping the shores of my eyelids…

The day should be ripe with possibilities

 

So, why do I feel anxious…misplaced…perhaps a bit “out of sorts”?

 

The glittering sun shares a wink, as if he holds the secret

but surely the wind must know,

this dry, hot wind, born in the desert

breathing through a pastel sky

as restless as the unspoken words

playing hide and seek with the hillflowers,

                   withering in the July heat…

 

And stronger still

as the trees moan and the howl rises

teasing my hair, tickling my cheek,

rustling my wings…

                  and at once I’m spinning

 as uncontrolled as the zephyr

 twirling, twisting

 wild,

                                 feral, untamed

                                and unable to focus

                  yet content in my vertigo

flying towards the unknown

like a drunken butterfly heading to its next fermented flower

 

Yes, let the summer air set me free…

for beautiful paths cannot be discovered without getting a little lost


© 2017 MsJewel



Author's Note

MsJewel
art ~ Lauri Blank
poetry ~ MsJewel

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dear Julie... a butterfly out of control... high on the scent of peach snappes... the day ripe with possibillities. I have been in a peach orchard ... where heaven was in the air with rustling wings... wild and untamed.. flying to my next fermented flower. A breathless poem that settled in my heart.
truly, Pat

Posted 5 Months Ago


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MsJewel

5 Months Ago

Your lovely comments always leave me with a smile :) Julie



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Wonderful art work - compliments your exquisitely penned words perfectly! The format and structure give strength and creativity to the write - a pleasant flow, which I the reader found delightful ... :-)

Posted 4 Months Ago


MsJewel,
I can smell the fragrance of peaches. I can feel the wind and know that my soul is stirred. Your writing is always clean with a soft tone that invites dreaminess.
I love your poetry and look forward to reading more.
Peace,
Richie b.

Posted 4 Months Ago


Your imagery is always so sensual. Your words drive the mind’s eye to soul deep beauty. As always, your poetry is a feast for the senses.

Posted 4 Months Ago


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MsJewel

4 Months Ago

You are very kind. Thank you :) Julie
A very sensual piece.

Beautiful images and lush descriptions of the scene, placing the reader right there amongst the hillflowers.
Loved the moral message in your concluding lines; that the path less chosen, less viewed, can be full of surprises and even contentment.

Very well written, as always. Well Done.

Posted 4 Months Ago


MsJewel

4 Months Ago

Thank you for your wonderful review :) Julie
I love where this piece took me! Much like watching a butterfly on a hot day, my mind relaxed and hung on every word! I absolutely love your style. It's unique in its softness, elegance, and grace. You have the ability like a cartoon scent to lure one in.
I'm always captivated by your words, but this piece is one of my favorites! I love it!! I have to save this one!
Tabby

Posted 5 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

MsJewel

4 Months Ago

Thank you my sweet friend. You have made my day! :) Julie
I find it very appealing to my senses. The imagery and the way with words is very beautiful thank you for sharing.

Posted 5 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

MsJewel

5 Months Ago

Thank you for stopping by and leaving a lovely comment :) Julie
This is a brilliant piece! It's one of my favorites of yours that I've read so far & it's one of the best I've read lately. I know the winds of which you speak & you've nailed it so perfectly, as far as the frenzied descriptions full of dynamic imagery. I also love the way your piece starts out with a calmness, but then it gets gradually stirred up. I love the transition line: "why do I feel so . . . " -- a very creative way to switch directions in your message. Such a recognizable restless feeling . . .

Posted 5 Months Ago


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MsJewel

5 Months Ago

I'm humbled by your kind and generous words. Thanks so much :) Julie
Such creative descriptions of atmosphere and mood is never easy. But a description of such a gentle tender mood is even harder in my view; without descending into mawkishness. Here you suceed so well.

Posted 5 Months Ago


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MsJewel

5 Months Ago

Thanks so much Ken :) Julie
Oh my, I am almost left speechless by the quality of your writing and images you have created with your words. I can feel the hot wind and sense your restless spirit as the poem evolves. And how true, "beautiful paths cannot be discovered without getting a little lost." Your poetry is always a joy to read and this one will stay with me a long time.

Posted 5 Months Ago


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MsJewel

5 Months Ago

Thank you my dear friend :) Julie
wow! what a beautiful poem! i'm glad i read this one. i'm officially a fan...
:)

Posted 5 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

MsJewel

5 Months Ago

Thank you for your kind words :) Julie

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