maybe we could have flown home together

there were dead butterflies scattered on the highway
i looked at them and couldn’t stop looking
make them be gone, i thought, but
of course
no one did
and i wanted to roll down the window and lean out and
let my fingers gather them up
i wanted to kiss each broken body

i think i could have kissed them back to life again

but i didn’t

why couldn’t i make them better
maybe they would have kissed me back
but now they are just disassembled wings stuck to the tires of passing cars

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  1. even kisses break butterfly bodies
    but you’d wear their scales on your lips
    looking like cheese powder
    feeling like flight.

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