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Sport 7: Winter 1991

The butterfly girl

The butterfly girl

Her unblemished skin thick with pancake
Like wing dust, she asks me if I know
The meaning of 'butterflies' in dreams.

How light sometimes a librarian's footsteps
To the small reference section of the arcane
And quick through the index to Dreams.

'Butterflies = to fluctuate' I explain
Wondering how she will interpret this:
As fate unkind or rising like a sea?

Soon we are bending over the hugest Dictionary
And I am making sea-motions with my hands
'Your fate will ebb and flow, it sounds hopeful

Some things will go well, some less so
But butterflies in dreams are not threatening
Even the Oxford English Dictionary says so.'