Poetry: happiness is a bird

The line ‘misery is a butterfly’ is the title of a rather excellent album by Blonde Redhead.


she says

i thought i had nothing

but ripples in circles

the universe in check and balance

break and falter

the luminous exhale of being

it seems unfair somehow

that from so high up

the top of the lighthouse

she could not see a ship closing in

only slippery rocks

the sweep of the beacon

like a crashing wave

she says

i somehow survived

because i knew beauty

misery is a butterfly

happiness is a bird

a bass beat

a breadcrumb

she tosses bread to the flat-footed ducks

their waddle and squabble the centre

of her matchstick world


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