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Black butterfly -- New Year, new world

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Dear reader: This is not the original formatting of this poem, but it is the best I could manage given the options for spacing etc.

Black Butterfly - New year, new world

Ink blot

Black butterfly

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Voice of the smallest

Hear them

?

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Voices of

Dogs and parakeets

Hear the

Voices of trees, clouds

Forests, barns,

Houses, little bridges

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(Listen to that little bridge

You just crossed

It is saying, Good

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Beautiful, intriguing, timely, mysterious - and universal. Thank you; I'm not sure what the 5th world is or will be but some friends believe the earth will evolve to this and leave the 4th world behind. I don't think we can leave behind what we haven't owned, healed, and integrated - a lot of deep listening to everything needs to happen. For me, your poem speaks to this.

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Sadie, thanks for your comments. I am modifying those stanzas with the cars and the river but ran into problems with the formatting. It shouldn't take too long to fix it. And you put y our finger on something. The most challenging part of writing poems that speak to our times is sorting out what is my stuff, and what resonates with us all. The process involves a lot of distilling.

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Oh, Gary - I don't think you needed to change a thing. it was my lack of understanding; a poem has to be read several times to really be absorbed, like slow osmosis. but i like the changes too - this poem is so beautiful you can't mess it up...it speaks so deeply to my heart.

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Sadie, I'm really glad you like it so much. It is one of those poems that is gentle but wild at heart, that is to say, it doesn't play tricks or concede anything but inhabits a wild place.


I wanted to honor those of the younger generation, many of them men, who wander, searching for something, not hitching necessarily the way we did back in the sixties but living in their cars, or in this case, an old pick-up, embracing a nomadic life because the mainstream path doesn't make sense to them. I like the word "bedded" because it conveys that they are taking care of themselves, but they aren't far from the main road with it's steady stream of cars flowing god-knows-where. I do like this rewrite better.

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This is exquisite. I know you want to get the formatting right, but it didn't really matter to me. I just felt it.

Tired creation, the black butterfly ink blot, the plink of water when the plant cried. It needs our every kind of courage to hear and respond.

As always, Gary, thank you.

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