poetry and prose about place

Butterfly Etude

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I have not played the piano for years. Not a great tragedy as I was never very good and playing made me nervous, afraid to fail. But there are some bits of music I will know forever because I learned to play them. One is Chopin’s Butterfly Etude (Etude Opus 25, no. 9). A difficult piece, full of octave stretches and staccatos. And it perfectly captures the erratic whim-of-the-wind flight of most butterflies.




Etude Opus 25, No. 9

Chopin’s Butterfly Etude


cloud to clover

graceless flight path

earth to sky


wrist staccato

octave stretches

disarticulated flight


flirt and quiver

tip and stumble

clouded sulphur




all my best,


Written by jane tims

June 4, 2018 at 3:42 pm

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  1. Wonderful image and words!

    Liked by 1 person


    June 5, 2018 at 10:31 am

  2. Love it!!


    Jane Fritz

    June 4, 2018 at 5:34 pm

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