A butterfly fluttered for a while,

beside me and it made me smile.

A soul of one that I once knew,

it said hello then off it flew.

©Jacqui Slade



As effigies of love 

by moonlight they meet,

beside ivy clad pillars

in echoes of allegiance.

Statuesque in their

endearment, the

foliage creeps over

fragmented remnants.

The leaves meander

graceful trailing.

Their touch slight

and gently caressing.

They steal the night,

incandescent in desire.

Secretly they claim

their forbidden love.

©Jacqui Slade


Caustic waves collide

crashing, rolling over.

Ferociously blown in

abrasive frothy sprays.


Virulently caressing

in corrosive surges.

Overbearing billows

fracture and crumble.


Weakened and declining

splinters fall. Slowly

plummeting, swallowed

by the frenzied torrent.


I stand silently and watch

the sediments sinking.

My residue disintegrates

And my spirit lays in dust.


©Jacqui Slade

Do You Know How Much I Love You 

Do you know how much I love you?

Do you beautiful flower.

You’re a vivid burst of colour,

in all of life’s darker hours.


Do you know how much I love you?

Do you angelic butterfly.

Delightful pretty soul,

raising spirits to flutter by.


Do you know how much I love you?

Do you sunshine your rays are bright.

You bring happiness and laughter,

illuminating me with light.


Do you know how much I love you?

Do you know in stars it shines.

A love that’s for eternity

For our hearts are entwined.


©Jacqui Slade

The Wedding Dress

A frail and threadbare
memory draped in
satin, no longer
soft against her skin.

A cobweb of the
past, fabricated.
Intricately laced
with tiny white beads.

He held her tightly.
Sashaying the dance
floor. She sparkled in
love. Her off white dress

wrapped in plastic, it
hangs in marriage. Still
reminiscent, fading
and everlasting.
©Jacqui Slade