Nancy Byrne Iannucci, “If only we were butterflies”

Nancy Byrne Iannucci is a historian from Troy, NY. Her work is published in numerous publications including Riggwelter, The Mantle, Three Drops from a Cauldron, Typehouse Literary Magazine, Gargoyle, and Autumn Sky Poetry Daily. Her first book of poetry, Temptation of Wood, was recently published by Nixes Mate Review.

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If only we were butterflies

        For John Keats

We could ride with the macrolepidoptera clade /
wear kaleidoscopic jackets / be wild, wild! / live
like we had less than a month to leave / crash all
the colorful parties / we could drink fast / sip
through straws / float drunk / in the rain / like
reckless rock stars / then sit & shake in the sun /
we could cross over / from chrysalis to this / we
could speak in vibrations / hover / between realms/
half in & half out / never revealing what we know.





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