Of Scales and Wings

We are all enamoured
By your grace and beauty
A symphony of life
Resting in plain sight

A kaleidoscope of colour
Infused in delicate wings
Spreading life and love
Reflecting light from above

What a cruel casualty
Of human curiosity
To capture, to collect
To bruise within a net

Such trickery denies us
A glimpse of your glory
In full flight of freedom
Unfolding your own story

The torment of lepidoptery
To love but not possess
To observe discreetly, amiss
Proclaim your beauty but resist...

Once upon a lifetime
A love hard fought and won
Is touched lightly by someone
Captured in memorium

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