This week's one-word prompt is:
a : unmerited divine assistance given humans for their regeneration or sanctificationb : a virtue coming from Godc : a state of sanctification enjoyed through divine grace
a : approval, favor <stayed in his good graces>b archaic : mercy, pardonc : a special favor : privilege <each in his place, by right, not grace, shall rule his heritage — Rudyard Kipling>d : disposition to or an act or instance of kindness, courtesy, or clemencye : a temporary exemption : reprieve
Spots a white butterfly
First fluttering, then stopping
On a nearby flower
Resting, two wings closed as one.
Quietly and quickly
Pinches its wings
And picks up the butterfly
As she has done many times before.
Watches the butterfly’s legs
Dance wildly about.
“Look, Grammy! Another butterfly!
Today I'm gonna take her home!”
Walks on the abandoned railroad track
Stepping, hopping, on wooden boards.
Arms out and flapping, she
Balances and teeters on one rail.
Peeks at her friend--
Every now and then--
Between her forefinger and thumb.
She likes the look of her adorned fingertips.
Approaches her home, stops and
Examines her companion to see that
Its legs are no longer frantic, but
Still, wings partly blemished and wrinkled.
That she has hurt the butterfly,
Releases her pinch.
It shakes and spirals to the ground.
Inhales the tightness in her chest
And fists her cold, clammy hands.
Still struggling, the butterfly
Flits about like an aired fish.
Tugged by her hand to go home--
The same hand that stripped
The butterfly’s grace of flight--notices
The pulsing numbness growing in her two fingertips.
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