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Butterflies in the Zoo

December 31, 2007

So that they don’t escape
there are two doors —

one to shut behind us
before opening the next

We stand in between
checking our hair and collars

for stowaway wings
If we find a butterfly

spotted, striped, or injured,
we take its picture, cup it

within our hands, return it
to captivity

If we find nothing,
we are free to go

down the path
to the next exhibit —

elephants being hosed
from dusty ears to muddy toes

by Pablo, Miguel,
and Alejandro.

by Therese L. Broderick

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  1. January 1, 2008 at 2:50 pm

    hi, therese! glad you like this publication. i think it’s a lot of fun. haven’t seen you in forever, but respect your writing so much. this is another excellent one! –carolee

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