Oh winged creature hued in rainbow light,
Fluttering at the edge of failing sight,
Held aloft upon the soft scented air,
Stirring jasmine and lilac growing there.
I knew you once when I was strong and young,
Frolicking with maidens in the golden sun,
I knew you when my heart beat wild and free,
When blue skies and songbirds surrounded me.
Our springs and summers are not meant to last,
Now dim fading memories of a youthful past,
Night was always such a foreboding distant thing,
Never dreaming the sunset it would bring.
My windows curtained by an ocher gauze of time,
Separating each moment from a life sublime,
Gone the charm with which once I was blessed,
Flown away on the butterfly wings of happiness.
© 2010, Donald Harbour