MacRitchie Trail

butterfly

Shriveled leaves sail down from the canopy
On a busy jogger’s highway,
With shuffling feet and crunching gravel
Strewn to tame the sucking mud.
Unnoticed in the undergrowth
Is a careless butterfly
Trapped in a web
Meant for a less glamorous meal.
Wings flap desperately
Between freedom and death
Till the silky chains give way
As if saying
Not today.

© Chan Joon Yee (1964 -?)


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