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Claire Everett, UK


Lepidoptera


Clouded Yellow, the colour of the fine bone china tea set, a gift for your Coming of Age in 1948. You always say how astonishing it is that only one cup has a chip in it. Not once have I seen you use it, yet how many times have you wrapped it in tissue and newspaper, packed it away in a box, ready to take out and display for a few more years, until you move house again? The silver cake stand, a gift for your wedding in 1951. Every year you made butterfly cakes for my birthday, but the occasion never arose grand enough for it to grace your table.

ephemera
even as it is spoken
the word fades…
for you, the symmetry
for me, the wings


* Clouded Yellow Colias croceus an immigrant butterfly to the UK, originating from Africa, or southern Europe


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