Author’s Note:  Parvaneh is Farsi for “butterfly”; derived from words meaning ‘not afraid of fire.’

In the hues of dusk
and light of dawn
death chooses a door.
Frost bitten trees whisper in the morning cold.

Quiet footsteps unite in stride
small and wide,
blind to the morning sun.
Clasped hands carry the burden of grief.

In the slow rise of day
reality flutters,
surrounding sunken hearts with company.
The butterfly dances around a fading fire.


Negin Dahya

Negin Dahya is a writer, researcher and educator. Her creative work is comprised of poetry and creative non-fiction. More information about Negin can be found on her website at

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