The Butterfly’s Weight

First published in Woodnotes #21, Summer 1994, page 35.

The Butterfly’s Weight by vincent tripi. Yorkshire House Books with Muse Pie Press, 1993, 74 pages, paperback, 8½ by 11 inches. Copies free while they last from the author at 478 A Second Avenue, San Francisco, California 94118 [address no longer correct]. A collection of 51 haiku and quotations from the letters of vincent tripi—one for each year of the author’s life—edited and compiled by Adele Kenny. Vincent blesses the ordinary with these poems.

Morning prayer

in the classroom

a globe spins . . .

Hawk’s cry

flattening my back

against the pine