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  • By Michael R. Burch

Where Does the Butterfly Go?

for the children of the Holocaust and the Nakba


Where does the butterfly go ... 

when lightning rails ... 

when thunder howls ... 

when hailstones scream ... 

when winter scowls ... 

when nights compound dark frosts with snow ... 

where does the butterfly go? 


Where does the rose hide its bloom

when night descends oblique and chill, 

beyond the capacity of moonlight to fill? 

When the only relief’s a banked fire’s glow, 

where does the butterfly go? 


And where shall the spirit flee 

when life is harsh,

too harsh to face, and hope is lost without a trace? 

Oh, when the light of life runs low, 

where does the butterfly go? 


Michael R. Burch is the editor of The HyperTexts, on-line at www.thehypertexts.com, where he has published hundreds of poets over the past three decades. His poetry has been translated into fourteen languages, taught in high schools and colleges around the globe, incorporated into three plays and two operas, and set to music by seventeen composers. A five-time Pushcart nominee, his poems, translations and essays have appeared in hundreds of literary journals, including The Lyric, New Lyre, Romantics Quarterly, The Chained Muse, LIGHT, Measure, Southwest Review, The Chariton Review, The Chimaera, Brief Poems, Poem Today, Asses of Parnassus, Writer’s Digest—The Year’s Best Writing and The Best of the Eclectic Muse.

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