I wrote this little poem many years ago after sitting on my verandah, having afternoon tea with a friend who was visiting me.
She told me about a friend who had an operation for a cancerous breast. When it had healed, she had a butterfly tattooed where her breast had been.
The poem was published in Pandora, a women's magazine.
Creatures of sun and light
And dewy mornings.
Brilliant coloured wings fluttering
among flowers in my garden
to my friend and me
as we drank tea
on the verandah.
She had a breast removed
and a butterfly
Tattooed on the spot.
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