The Rue and the Swallowtail

The herb of grace

is grown with stately rose,

companions in the border

and the breeze.

Upon the golden rue

the swallowtail

will lay and feast

and grow to conquer all.

She flutters through

the garden on a beam

of sunlight

born to dance

in diamond June,

but come July

she’s gone to distant shore.

Her fleeting nature

much the same as ours;

her momentary life’s

eternal charm.


Andre F. Peltier (he/him) is a Lecturer III at Eastern Michigan University where he teaches African American Literature, Science Fiction, Afrofuturism, Poetry, and writing. He lives in Ypsilanti, MI, with his wife and children. His poetry has recently appeared in CP Quarterly, In Parentheses, Lucky Jefferson, La Piccioletta Barca, Fevers of the Mind, Punt Volat, The JFA Human Rights Journal, Griffel Magazine, Barzakh, The Madrigal Press, Melbourne Culture Corner, Fahmidan Journal, Spillover Magazine, Lothlorien Poetry Journal, About Place, Novus, Open Work, The Write Launch, Closed Eye Open, and the anthology Turning Dark into Light. Many of his poems are forthcoming in various journals. In his free time, he obsesses about soccer and comic books.


Twitter: @aandrefpeltier

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