Butterfly effect

Butterflies by M.C. Escher

Butterflies by M.C. Escher

Sipping syllables — your lips
the butterfly effect of thunderstorms,
the flutter in my stomach
or the logic of imagined constellations.

Still I crave your random kisses
and I ask myself:
is my presence just
a bad habit
a pigeon superstition
or the promise from the sky.

I got intrigued by the prompt by Izzy’s prompt on Pigeon superstition at toads, which to me is the mind’s wish to create some logic between cause and events. I related this to the butterfly effect which is the random outcome of an ordinary effect, and maybe in that complex span we exist. I found the Video by Lamb that I thought worked perfectly.

May 14, 2015

24 responses to “Butterfly effect

  1. Oh my. This is your best poem (of those I’ve read). Flawless. Absolute perfection. Great line break after “just.” Superb opening line; I really love that! I’ve never heard of “pigeon superstition,” and I don’t want to know what it means; I just LOVE the way the two words sound together— pure poetry.

    “A bad habit” makes me think of a naughty nun.

  2. I like the butterfly effect, it’s a nervous effect for me.
    Got to watch out for the naughty nuns also.
    Nice write, Bjorn.

  3. I love this….brilliant take on the prompt and you got that extra credit accomplished so seamlessly! The ‘sipping syllables’ is so delicious 🙂

  4. Very intriguing, Bjorn. Your poem and your video together had a theatrical effect. I liked the spinning birds at the end of the video. Great to see you back!

  5. The last two lines are solid. I could build something around them for sure. Pigeon superstition – is that an allusion to Skinner?
    Nice tight little piece.

  6. interesting thoughts in this one – esp. love the first stanza – and how one thing can lead to the next and how everything we do has effects and causes ripples beyond our control as well

  7. what an imagination that can combine these ideas into such words with a masterly stroke- sumptuous alliterative coupling at the start and ‘a pigeon superstition’ is a line that makes the reader think twice or more…

  8. The first two lines provide a brilliant paradoxical opening that leaves the reader waiting to be convinced that bizarre connections are all around us … though, personally, I am only convinced (at the moment) that the Butterfly Effect only exists on a very simple level.

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