Butterfly Wings

Butterfly Wings

A Poem by Joyce S. Greene

She is butterfly wings . . .




a life within me

but never born

she is golden sunlight

dancing on a daisy

she is butterfly wings

gracing her mother's garden

I never saw her face

nor held her in my arms

but I dream her smiles

and hear her laughter

between wakeful moments

on moonlit nights

when a part of me

still feels her deep within

and forgets the emptiness





© 2013 Joyce S. Greene

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Joyce S. Greene
Graphic credit: Google Images

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Please don't think that I say this lightly or in jest; but this is, hands down, the absolute best poem that I have EVER read regarding a mother's feelings toward her miscarried child. Each word, each line glimmered like the sun bursting forth on a rainy day. You captured the sadness; but overwhelmingly, you captured the love that, captured for a moment, can outshine a thousand lifetimes of sadness.

I don't doubt for a moment that this really happened to you, as the words are from your heart. I can feel the heartbeat and the pulse of life within.

A dear friend of mine just suffered the same loss. I am so sorry for yours, but I have so say that she left such a memorable touch on your heart that it gave life to a beautiful, beautiful poem.

Posted 10 Years Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Joyce S. Greene

10 Years Ago

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your very gracious review, Linda. I appreciate your words.. read more
Pete A...

5 Years Ago

Yes I agree Linda ,quite the Write ...thinking it one o the nicest reads ive had ever had the pleasu.. read more


It is such a blessing that this poem showed up for me again. Eight years later, and I have never forgotten it. When I read it the first time, it breathed itself upon my skin and has stayed with me ever since. I had a co-worker that suffered a miscarriage and immediately thought of this poem. You didn't write this poem. You bled it, pouring your lifeforce into words. It truly resonates and stays with you. Thanks again.

Posted 1 Year Ago

Such a sweet, sad and beautiful piece...
Well done, keep it up!

Posted 6 Years Ago

I wish there was a way to like things so I'll just leave this note. I did truly enjoy this.

Posted 7 Years Ago

I suspect this exquisite piece was cathartic for you. The loss of an unborn child... this is a courageous and a 'bare the soul' write. Bravo.

Posted 8 Years Ago

This is exquisite! The way you capture loss and love and sadness all at once is perfection. I can't wait to read more of your poems and hope you don't mind that I add you as a friend.

Posted 8 Years Ago

I just love that this poem showed up in "related writing" for me again. While it has shown up and I have read it more times than I can count, I just have to say, it's always a pleasure. This is just a beautiful homage to the child you still hold within your heart.

Posted 8 Years Ago

Such a pristine emotion captured with such soothing, assuring elan. I liked reading it very much.
A mother's bond to her child is pure and with such unadulterated affection. The adjoining image suits the verse instead of bringing it down.

Thumbs up!


Posted 8 Years Ago

How sad...yet, what a great memorial to a spirit you did not have a chance to meet. I have a feeling you will recognize each other in heaven when your time comes. She will be waiting for you, your butterfly girl. How sweetly sentimental

Posted 9 Years Ago

Joyce S. Greene

9 Years Ago

Thank you for your very nice review, Star. I hope that what you predict really comes true. Joyce
Bright Ocean Star

9 Years Ago

There's a book out right now called "Heaven is for Real" by a man named Burpo. It is the story his.. read more
This was lovely graceful
and such a Elegant heart warming

thank you for sharing.

Blessings. Benita

Posted 9 Years Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Joyce S. Greene

9 Years Ago

Thank you, Benita, for your very encouraging review. It certainly brightened my day. Joyce
Benita-Staebell M - KindredPoet

9 Years Ago

you're welcome. stay safe warm during the seasons hope you and your family have a blessed Thanksgivi.. read more
Love the use of imagery. Nicely constructed. I can tell you are a great and experienced writer with the way you put together your writings. I enjoy reading your poems

Posted 9 Years Ago

Joyce S. Greene

9 Years Ago

Thank you, Anika. I appreciate your kind words very much.

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Added on August 25, 2013
Last Updated on August 25, 2013
Tags: #miscarriage", "grief", "mourning", "butterfly wings", "poetry"


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