after Kabir

Flash-mobs of monarch butterflies
exuberant in his skull
terrify Descartes.

No MRI will help him.
Nor will scientific dissection of the chrysalis
reveal how
dissolving becomes aerial—
black-gold wings at altitude
for oceanic migration.

True understanding feeds
in the milkweed of imagination.
Black-gold butterflies jamming with grey matter
the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.
No net in sight, no glass box
pins down your fluttering life.



DIA calhoun