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The Communion

October 30, 2019

Published on January 12, 2019 on the Ancient Paths Facebook page.


A butterfly floated
face down
in the warm pool.
So I lifted it up,
out of the water
to see if it was still alive—
by looking into its black eyes
for a solemn, kind moment.
It fluttered a bit—
letting me know
it was still alive, and
a warmth came over me.

Then I held it
for a long while
in my wet palm,
up against
the sun streaming in,
like I was giving it Communion
before last rites.

My hand was like a faith healer,
I thought, but this can go on
forever. So I let it sit on the side
of the pool with the others, nesting
their souls, and preparing
for their next heavenly flight.

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