Moira's Favourite Poems
   
Night Spy glass
Compliment
Taste of Honey
Letter from Egypt
  Weekend in Paris
   
  Childrens Poems
Portrait of a Dragon
  My Gran
Count me out
  Nature study
   
Nature Study

ButterflyThis butterfly
we couldn't identify
    pitched
its bright tent
on a roadside flower.
 
For a full minute
outstretched wings
    bloodied
the morning air
in studied symmetry.
 
Our eyes ached
with raw colour,
    remembered
pattern and shape
against eventual flight.
 
It drifted away
and precise geometry
    lingered
like an after-image
in the yellow heat.
 
(First published in 'Another Fourth Poetry Book', OUP 1989)
 
   
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