by Joanna Gilman Hyde

On May 8, 2017

I completed a beautiful painting

The first in many years

and the first of its type

with applied 3 dimensional objects

— these were silver butterflies —

emerging from a seething mass of black


against a smattering of cherry red

and lime green

with one silver winged symbol of freedom


ornamenting the upper right hand space

but for last night’s jostling


of failed marriage

lonely occupancy

in my house stuffed

with my subsequent outpouring of art

The silver butterfly, the escapee

is broken now

with one half a wing

glued beside it

never to be replaced