by Jonathan Greene

Honored when
the butterfly lights
on my shoulder.

Next stop:
a rotting log.

About the Author:

Jonathan Greene is an American poet who lives in Kentucky.

American Life in Poetry is made possible by The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine. It is also supported by the Department of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Poem copyright ©2001 by Jonathan Greene, whose most recent book of poems is Distillations and Siphonings, Broadstone Books, 2010. Poem reprinted from blink, September-October 2001, vol. 1, no. 2, by permission of Jonathan Greene and the publisher.