She Flies High
She flies high, this Malaysian Tree Nymph —
White wings transparent with black loops —
Snow leopard spots —
Pale grayish white
with black spots, and veins dusted black —
Higher and higher, she flies close to the treetops —
A lost scarf, a lost ribbon
carried away by the wind —
paper kite tree nymph —
and the snow leopard design on her wings
opens and opens —
Soul of a leopard.
We say she’s full of kindness;
we say she’s elegant and able
to speak with trees.
But maybe she’s not.
Maybe she’s bitter and mean,
simply oozing viciousness, waiting to grow back into a leopard —
And now, watch her resting on a leaf,
and then, hanging upside down, her wings
gathered together like ruffles on a skirt
Audrey Hepburn might have worn.