Where do butterflies go to die?

dead-butterflies

Dead ButterfliesYou know winter has arrived when you find the delicate, desiccated corpses of summers butterflies lying scattered, like confetti, on the beach…  the stencils on their tissue-wings drained of vibrant colour, stark and tragically beautiful in their uncommon stillness.

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By Aisha Ashraf

An autistic Irish immigrant in a cross-cultural marriage, Aisha Ashraf is the archetypal outlander, writing to root herself through place and perspective. Published in The Rumpus, The Maine Review, River Teeth, HuffPost and elsewhere, her work explores the legacy of trauma, the nature of being an outsider and the narrow confines of belonging. She currently lives in Canada.

4 comments

  1. How beautifully described. Here in Amsterdam, I’ve been finding the corpses of bees, with our barmy warm weather here this year, they have definately been outliving their time…

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