Christopher Michael, gay poetry

Butterfly

Cho Cho San dressed in childlike joyous white
wedding kimono fluttering butterfly
down the hill freed from geisha slavery
geishadescending the hill to her death
naive Cho Cho San, childlike
believing Pinkerton’s love was real
an Asian could find happiness with a white boy
her ancestors were wrong
rejecting the ancestral gods for him
renegade, the rejection of geisha, family, friends
oh no 16-year-old innocent
it don’t work that way
rinnegata e felice, rejected and happy (she thought)
pregnant, deserted and broke (truth)
Butterfly believed love lasts forever
he would save her (lie)
her death, the dagger slit across my throat
the red scarves trailing across the stage
end of opera

poor Butterfly, so much blood

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