BUTTERFLY ANTENNAE

by Antonio Gil July. 27, 2016 1962 views

♫♫ ANTENNAE♫♫

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Butterfly Antennae  a poem of James Midgley after Alexander Calder’s Antennae with Red and Blue Dots

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Tonight there is too much interference to think. In a town’s scattered Rubik’s cube of televisions one face is switched to static.

In a wood of slow electrical pylons sparks of butterflies make it difficult to think.

There is the brain’s confetti, as if shaken into the air by a petal-headed child.

I heard of a man who was lighting a film set when a hawkmoth mistook his ear for an escape and writhed against the eardrum’s straitjacket.

Then it was always raining, even on the train, where a fly caught against the window travelled the length of the country like a rumour.

We travelled weeks in search of the wind’s bellows, a slack-cheeked god,

our progress overseen by the moon’s persistent surgeon’s face.

Locked in my palm the butterfly loses itself amongst my fingers, and the hand knows only chalkdust.

This is how the word ‘butterfly’ was first absorbed – with the rubbing of palms, and prayer.

Tonight all thought is interfering. I never shook that intruder loose, a rhythmless drummer.

The rain of untuned radios is swarming

above the buildings, over the river which is a shifting mirror made of craneflies with so much to observe it has shattered its attentions.


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G B 5 years, 1 month ago

fascinating poem and adorable little winged angel you've captured :)

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Antonio Gil Replied to G B 5 years, 1 month ago

Agree with you on the poem dear friend :-))

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Delightfulpink 5 years, 1 month ago

Amazing!

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Antonio Gil Replied to Delightfulpink 5 years, 1 month ago

:-)

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Mike Meliska 5 years, 1 month ago

Nice words....

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Olga Helys 5 years, 1 month ago

K.0.!

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Antonio Gil Replied to Olga Helys 5 years, 1 month ago

:-)

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Gillian Parsons 5 years, 1 month ago

Love the Poem, this one looks as if it is looking at you and pulling a face my imagination has run riot.

5 years, 1 month ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Gillian Parsons 5 years, 1 month ago

I was invading its privacy. :-))

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