Butterfly Effect

by Clinton Van Inman

 Trapped behind broken glass
In a window pane
A butterfly fluttered his paper
        Wings in vain
Trying to reach the roses beyond
        The garden lane

But if those tiny wings can
        Cause some great effect
To move the wind or mountain
        That no science can detect
Then perhaps I too might fly from
        The gardens of my own neglect.

CLINTON VAN INMAN grew up in North Carolina, graduated from San Diego State University in 1977, taught in South Carolina and is currently a high school teacher in Tampa Bay where he lives in Sun City Center, Florida with my wife, Elba.


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