One Poem by Kate Young

Written in response to this month’s Special Challenge.

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She slumps
spreading herself on a bed of red
in an airless
light deprived cell
eyes fixed
in perfect stillness.

A once exotic butterfly
pinned and displayed
legs unfolded
splayed unnaturally
for one last immobile flight.

What drew her here
dragged her down
as she emerged from cocoon
uncomfortable in her wings?

She no longer recognises
this anonymous woman
turned to mirror
eyes fixed
spread across a bed of red
in perfect stillness.


Kate Young lives in Kent and is passionate about poetry and literature. After retiring, she has returned to writing and has had success with poems published in magazines internationally and in Great Britain. She is presently editing her work and writing new material, particularly in response to ekphrastic challenges.

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