Butterfly 

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.

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©Jacqui Slade

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Secret

As effigies of love 

by moonlight they meet,

beside ivy clad pillars

in echoes of allegiance.

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Statuesque in their

endearment, the

foliage creeps over

fragmented remnants.

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The leaves meander

graceful trailing.

Their touch slight

and gently caressing.

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They steal the night,

incandescent in desire.

Secretly they claim

their forbidden love.

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©Jacqui Slade

Erosion 

Caustic waves collide

crashing, rolling over.

Ferociously blown in

abrasive frothy sprays.

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Virulently caressing

in corrosive surges.

Overbearing billows

fracture and crumble.

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Weakened and declining

splinters fall. Slowly

plummeting, swallowed

by the frenzied torrent.

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I stand silently and watch

the sediments sinking.

My residue disintegrates

And my spirit lays in dust.

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©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.

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Do you know how much I love you?

Do you angelic butterfly.

Delightful pretty soul,

raising spirits to flutter by.

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Do you know how much I love you?

Do you sunshine your rays are bright.

You bring happiness and laughter,

illuminating me with light.

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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.

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©Jacqui Slade

The Wedding Dress

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

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

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

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