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Butterfly Wings



Selected Poetry

by

Michelle Mewburn


Copyright 2019 Michelle Mewburn


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Table of Contents


An Ode to Mighty Neptune

Aussieisms

Butterfly Wings

Can You See?

Comfy Knickers

Dear You

Elegy for a Vampire Slayer

Enchantment

Great Orange Dude

I am Earth

Just a Sigh

Lavender

Me ‘orse

Money Train

Passwords

Sleep

Summer Storm

The Art of the Poet

The Eagle’s Daughter

The Navigator

The Sunshine Comes Back In

What Has Gone Before

Where?

Winter

Words

About the Author


An Ode to Mighty Neptune

2001




King of the bountiful ocean,
ruler of the twelfth sign,
Neptune thou art mighty.
Your powerful arms of brine
embrace all the lands
of brothers mine.


Sing to us, Neptune.
Let us hear your voice in the waves
as they caress the sun-kissed dunes.
Let us hear your voice in the sailors' graves,
your voice in the wild monsoons.


Oh good Neptune sir,
upon your throne of sunken gold.
How proud your demeanour
when surrounded by treasures old;
waited upon by strange mermen
in the depths of your palace so cold.


Sing to us, Neptune.
Let us hear your voice in the waves
as they caress the sun-kissed dunes.
Let us hear your voice in the sailors' graves,
your voice in the wild monsoons.


We pay you homage oh King of the Sea.
Your clemency is what we wish;
a calm flat sea for sailing ships
and a glimpse of silver-finned dolphin fish.
Please hear our respectful prayer
and bless us with your bounty rich.


Sing to us, Neptune.
Let us hear your voice in the waves
as they caress the sun-kissed dunes.
Let us hear your voice in the sailors' graves,
your voice in the wild monsoons.



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Aussieisms

2001



Bonza mate,
what a ripper!
Bewdy Blue,
how's the nipper.

G'day cobber.
Whaddya reckon?
Yeah, that's chook food
the chook's are peckin'.

Let's have a barbie
with Digger and Max.
Not too formal,
just tracky daks.

I'll bring the vegemite,
you can bring snags.
Forget Bruce and Doreen,
they're bloody dags.

Pass us a stubbie.
Bloody bewdy mate.
I'm glad I'm an Aussie.
Ain't life great!



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Butterfly Wings

2016


Flutter

Butterfly wings

Beating, flapping, waving

So fast as they fly to land on blossoms

Pausing, stopping, waiting

Briefly motionless

Stillness





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Can You See?

(Inspired by Donald Trump)

2019



Can you see out from your golden tower

those you’ve affected with your great power?

There are children dying

while parents are crying,

and you whine with your face so sour.


Can you see beyond your beloved wall,

so beautiful, and bigly, and tall?

About this wall you’ve obsessed

to keep out those dispossessed.

It’s no more than an insult to all.


Can you see anything beyond yourself

and your unnatural desire for wealth?

There are poor people suffering

with no health care on offering

that they can afford to improve their health.


Can you see past your shutdown

from under your golden crown?

All the workers going unpaid

while the wealthy enjoy tax cuts you made.

The less fortunate keep falling down, down.



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