Thursday, 9 August 2018

The buried butterfly, a poem by Isobel Dixon

My iris purple skirt—
its silky swish—
was packed at first for partying in

but then the destination changed:
I checked in for a flight
towards his final journeying.

In that petal furl, with a beaded
butterfly to curb its wrap,
I helped to carry him,

a coffined husk,
across a patch of rocky ground
to dusty burying.

At last, a rest for him.
For me, the hollow pit of grief,
a body's emptying.

In a new uncompassed north
I dug a hole beneath a tree,
through softer soil. For memory,

these seeds: a bauble
and a photograph, snatched flowers,
the match's halo-ing.

There it must lie still
no longer winged:
just a scatter of beads melted
in the earth, and a rusted pin.

+ Who she is: Isobel Dixon bio
+ Amazon page: Isobel Dixon Amazon page

Isobel Dixon


get zapped said...

profound in a tender way...I am left with dust on my soles, wondering.

Rethabile said...

Hi there, zapped. Her book, "A Fold in the Map", is a very pleasant read. Many times sad, many times gleeful.

Michelle said...

Isobel's poetry is wonderful. I've so enjoyed A Fold in the Map.

Rethabile said...

I hear ya. And so have I.

Jo said...

I love this. Thanks, Ret.