Once a feisty butterfly shook off the talc
from its restless wings
and took off
for the open wide of summer skies.
Who knows what happened to it?
Did it sink or did it swim
up there in the cool air currents?
What did the butterfly think or feel
as it rose above its fellow butterflies?
What do you suppose could have been
turning in the miniscule wheels
of its miniscule mind?
Except that the butterfly rose
like a solitary knight. Riding
its solitary ride into the summer night.
Triumphant. Wings fluttering.
example to the rest of its brood.
And over time its legend grew
like a comet-tail
Rumjhum Biswas has been published all over the world. Her poem "Cleavage" was longlisted in the Bridport Poetry Prize 2006 and is also a finalist in the 2010 Aesthetica Creative Arts Contest. She has won prizes in poetry contests in India. Her story "Ahalya's Valhalla" was among Story South’s Million Writers' notable stories of 2007. Her poem "Bones" has been nominated for a 2010 Pushcart by Cha: An Asian Literary Journal. She was a participating poet in the 2008 Prakriti Foundation Poetry Festival in Chennai. She was a featured poet during the Poetry Slam organized jointly by the US Consul General, Chennai and The Prakriti Foundation in December 2009. She was an invited poet at the first Hyderabad Literary Festival organized by Osmania University and Muse India in December 2010. She is one among ten Indian poets to feature in an exclusive forthcoming anthology edited by Jayant Mahapatra along with Yuyutsu RD Sharma. She blogs at: http://rumjhumkbiswas.wordpress.com/, http://polyphagous.wordpress.com. And has a monthly column (Rumjhum's Ruminations)at Flash Fiction Chronicles - http://www.everydayfiction.com/flashfictionblog/
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