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Youth’s Butterfly, a poem (SUKMA XII 2008, Terengganu)

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Youth’s Butterfly

Our youth

Like some ineffable butterfly

Flits about in our memories, dreams, reflections

At times, as real as any dream can be

Always, midstream between the familiar and unknown


The older faces about us tell stories

Going past the point butterflies can go

Places no words can reach

Spaces outside the universe we’ve grown to love

Placeless realities no eyes can ever see


Somehow, we start over again before we end

Revisiting, remembering our beginnings

Hoping our memories help us hold on

Somehow anchor us in the shifting sand

Trickling through life’s hourglass


We seem to sense the futility

Of holding onto what only visits

Like the sun in summer

Like the butterfly in the garden

That disappears as quickly as it arrived


By Don Iannone, a poet and a very precious friend

August 26, 2008.


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Men 100 meters Butterfly Stroke: SUKMA is a multi-sports competition or ‘Mini Olympics’ that involves young and budding athletes. It is held every 2 years, and this year its held in Terengganu.


The official Malaysia National Sports website


More photos from SUKMA XII, Terengganu 2008


Gears: Nikon D50 and Nikon AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.4D IF

Location: SUKMA XII (2008), Batu Burok Swimming Complex, Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia

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Taken on June 1, 2008