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BETRAYAL OF THE BUTTERFLIES

Poem By: Billy Alsbrooks 

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Love is stronger than we are

We merely do as it commands 

And when doing so, we lose perspective 

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Which came first, the lie or the question?

The question or the lie, which came first?

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The question asked reveals the fool in us

For by grabbing at the truth we only trample it 

Making what was sure into a conundrum 

Tangling our wings in things 

Things that butterflies have no use for

Therefore lovers become victims of their means 

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Love is not concrete, nor abstract

We just close our eyes and feel it 

We Imagine it, however we want it, imagine it

Regardless of whether our version is real or not

The only rule is to forget oneself 

Forget oneself and disappear 

Disappear beneath what is seen

What is believed to be known 

To become the bridge for communication 

To let the hidden souls speak 

Speak to one another through the imperfections of our flesh

Their objective to fuse 

Seamlessly fuse the dream of love with reality 

Merging the lost with the found

Until the illusions stand up on their legs 

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Unity is done by way of subtraction 

For two to become one, one must lose themself 

Lose themself in the lie of forever 

I call it a lie, because anyone who’s been in love 

Been in real love 

Knows that love is not equal

And from this inequality

Has seen it’s madness 

Madness cannot burn forever 

So what is love after the ashes?

After the betrayal?

After the words that should’ve never been said?

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Scorched hearts cannot beat 

Beat with innocence anymore 

Blisters ooze with resentment

Resentment that chokes the wind 

And in turn, smothers the butterflies 

Anyone who’s been betrayed knows that the wounds don’t heal

Knows that the soft tone never returns 

Yet we’re so eager

So eager to go insane 

To fall madly in love with a love we can never trust 

Even when the intentions are pure 

Pain sits in the corner  

Waiting to remind us that he exists 

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Which came first, the words or the betrayal? 

The betrayal or the words, which came first?

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Love is stronger than we are

We merely do as it commands 

And when doing so, we lose perspective 

Betrayal of the Butterflies…

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