Press One for English

A palm tree near the duck pond, Yuma Conservation Garden, Yuma, Arizona


The palms,
filled with songbirds,
bow low to the earth.
Butterflies ravage
the carcass of a fox.
A farmer,
dazzled by his tomatoes,
flows in and out
of the here and now,
munching something
The end is near,
and all the players know it.
Press One for English.


Poem and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
More Sunday’s Whirligig #127
More Poetry Pantry #369 at Poets United

Posted on September 3, 2017, in Arizona, poetry, Poetry Pantry, Poets United, Sunday's Whirligig, Yuma, Yuma Conservation Garden and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 18 Comments.

  1. Superb! I left smacking my lips in pleasure

  2. Oh, wow! Butterflies ravaging a fox carcass, how unusual an image. Stellar! And the portent of doom in the closing lines…….well done.

  3. The image of the butterflies is very surprising… love the surprise in the end.

  4. Rosemary Nissen-Wade

    Some arresting images there, particularly those butterflies and what they’re up to!

  5. Interesting image of the butterflies. I think of the way we stole the languages from our Indigenous people in that last line. A superb poem.

  6. This seems like a poem of the times!

  7. I’ve never thought of butterflies ravaging anything, so this was a surprise, as was “Press One for English”.

  8. “Press One for English” – great last line

  9. Ha…some very hallucinogenic images in this one. Must be mushroom season over there. Loved this surreal poem.

  10. I think Cressida “got” it. And isn’t it always that English is the “press one” button. Such hubris.


    Made me feel the sinking of the titanic on acid and in the tropics.

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      That’s a pretty good analysis of the poem! 😉

      On Tue, Sep 5, 2017 at 6:18 PM, Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:


  12. And I am still reeling from the daze of the poem. Wonderfully penned.

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