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Renee Butner

ButnerRenee Butner is a freelance writer and poet who lives in Winston-Salem, NC. She enjoys actively exercising her creative side by both writing and painting. She has been published in the College Poetry Review, Belle Reve Literary Journal, Poetry in Plain Sight, Sheila-Na-Gig and is a member of the NC Haiku Society. She keeps busy working two jobs, training a new puppy, playing with her two grandsons, and eagerly awaiting the birth of an additional grandchild.

purple ebony shadows

crazy is as crazy does   not to make light
of mental illness   that is not me   just a touch
firecracker now and then   the darkness lurks
behind   brilliant flares of colored light   crow
follows me home   creepy black omen   I
knock wood   chase him away   black feather
flutters down   I hold  it as a talisman
perhaps   the satin purple-ebony could help
me to fly   as in my dreams   or when I
leaped from benches as a child   I flew
for long moments   I swear  I’ve got the
magic in me   always know when positivity
approaches   around the bend for my children
when wicked will visit me   thoughts touch on my
girls   they call   my brush strokes on canvas
become splendid   my keystrokes on paper
speak to others   even with purple shadows
in all corners of my essence   I was
able to soar   once   and again


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