A Peacock Butterfly in March by Gearoid O’Brien

As we head towards lock-down
In these days of heightened tensions
Seeing the first peacock butterfly of the season
Was a moment of rare epiphany

I wondered was it just as carefree
As it first appeared to be
Or was it aware
Of its own fragility?

It seems that we, who look so robust,
Are every bit as fragile and vulnerable
When this virus hits. Invisible as gas,
Deadly and indiscriminate.

Gearoid O’Brien

GEAROID O’BRIEN a native of Athlone was born in 1955. His poetry has been widely published, most recently in Crannog 50 (Galway), Boyne Berries 25 (Trim), Abridged (Derry), Revival (Limerick), Ropes (Galway), The Shot Glass Journal (USA), StepAway Magazine, The Stony Thursday Book (Limerick) and the anthology ‘I Live in Michael Hartnett’. He won the Desmond O’Grady International Poetry Competition in 2013 and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2016. He is a founder member of Athlone Writers Group.

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