Bill Morton’s poem captures a kiss


Kissed by an Angel
By Bill Morton

Inching down the trail toward Iguacu Falls,
Each switchback revealed a new vista,
Another cascade of flashing red-brown water
Crashed hundreds of feet below into the chasm.
“Bill, look at this.”
Joey, 75 feet on the trail below,
Pointed at her bosom.
Barely discernible a butterfly
Dressed in its splendor of iridescent blues,
Browns and white trim
Perched on her breast , still as death.
Forward, slowly, the movie camera focused,
I zoomed in.
Only feet away, still focused on this motionless marvel, I stopped.
Wings spread a full five inches
It clinged to the printed flower on Joey’s Washington State T-shirt.
Was the butterfly just visiting Washington State?
Or just resting on that comfortable bit of anatomy?
To Joey’s delight the marvelous creature
Continued to pose for the camera.
Was this an angel in disguise?

Using its wings for balance, it remained perched.
More minutes passed, Joey beaming,
I captured her radiant smile on film
With roaring water of the falls an inspiring backdrop.
Beautiful gossamer wings began to gently wave,
And with a flutter of its beautiful decorated wings,
The apparition rose and disappeared into the mist,
Perhaps to visit and delight another lucky visitor
To be kissed by an angel.

Edmonds resident Bill Morton, Ed.D, was a member of Lynnwood Rotary for 25 years after retiring from 30 years as an educator, serving as the grant writer in two school districts, speech therapist, audiologist and administrator of special education. He traveled to Kenya, Thailand, Brazil, South Africa, and Peru to administer Rotary education and teacher training programs. He is currently writing memoirs celebrating the love of his life, JoAnn Stevens (Morton), who passed away on June 19, 2013.


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