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Ends All Indigo

Mila Ponce, ’25
Saige Chandler-Ambrose, ’24

Today I killed a butterfly

I creased & clipped her wings

But I felt nothing watching her convulse in my hands

And I wonder,

Can you kill something you love? Can you become

Something you hate? Something so automatic & vital?


Every waking thought in technicolor, vivid violence

I strung her wings on thread and could never let go

I tied it tight, matrimony to my ring finger

Tied it so tight I hoped I’d turn purple like her

As I’d die from my awe, as I’d choke from my stupor


I’d tear apart the pieces of stained glass on her back

And let them wash over me until she was no more

I’d kill every butterfly I see for this haze

I’d string my fingers all violet-blue

My ends all indigo

For this beautiful metamorphosis.


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