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"Christmas Boxes" & "Miracle of the Butterfly" by Fabrice B. Poussin



Christmas Boxes

They have been roaming streets and avenues

long before honest souls had awakened

into another Monday.

It was to be a great day of much bounty

for the voracious teeth of the roaring monsters

driven by their half-conscious pilots.

Frigid in the north, balmy in the south

emboldened by some brew hot or cold

before the fumes of their green robots.

Customary armies of holidays passed

they were dying for another piece of memories

to process those joyous moments gone.

Colorful cardboard boxes made for disproportionate friends

papers of multicolored stars and snowflakes

food for these psychopathic ogres.

No more time to celebrate the birthday of a king

as children shed a tear upon the passage of

a strange sled too hungry to feed their dreams.



Miracle of the Butterfly


Crawling across the pathway she hopes

for another inch to her survival

under threat of the unforgiving sole

blind to the many worlds below.


It is a hard journey for the one who fights

with nothing more than an eternal fate

to feast our eyes on unknown perfection

alone on the most perilous adventure.


Yet she will live to hide in her precious home

made of silk and promises, upon a tree limb

the warm protection of an unlikely abode

a place to become an instrument of seduction.


The child contemplates the chrysalis

cowardly trapped in a crumbling box

with no food but the eye of a teen

expecting miracles in a strange prison.


Terror resides within her fragile home

as she knows her life may be brief

thus, she must dazzle with her colors

and a flight to the zenith at noon.


From a strange mixture of mysterious potions

the eternal code will tell the tale

to make this miracle true

like so many creatures to be born in amazement.




Poussin teaches French and English at a university in Georgia, USA. His work in poetry and photography has appeared in Kestrel, Symposium, The Chimes, and many other publications worldwide. Most recently, his collections “In Absentia,” and “If I Had a Gun,” were published in 2021 and 2022 by Silver Bow Publishing.



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