Brimstone by Clint Wastling


Brimstone equals sulphur,
the hue of rocks in 
hills around Vernet,
also the colour of butterflies
rejuvenated by hibernation.
Brimstone Yellows spiral in sunlight
reincarnated in vernal glades,
never alighting to be photographed.
These fractals of sunlight
mirrored our hike
to Pic de la Pena,
their yellow wings as dusty
as the leaves they mimic,
sulfurous streaks
taking a little of hell
to seed hope in heaven.


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