Gloria Stuart

"Haiku I Never Sent My Lovers"
Excerpted From Gloria Stuart's masterwork "Flight of the Butterfly"

Dangle kites with me,
Perhaps the butterfly kind,
And I will kiss you!

My butterfly kite
Will fly high and far away --
You may come along.

My soft wings await
My true love's nakedness
In a sweet surround.

Butterflies will nest
In between my throbbing breasts --
I am so in love.

Dear butterfly, you
Who follows me with winged love,
Where then my lover?

I will soar, and I
Will drift among singing winds --
And wish you nothing.

I will fly my kite,
And leave you no horizon
No rim of Heaven.

Do not unsay your
Protestations, dearest one,
They will betray you.

Lift my fantasies --
Leave me to dream of lovers,
Coupled warm and free.

My kite does not love,
It has no heart, it is free --
And now, I of thee.

You creatures of the Earth,
Diverse, lyrical and doomed,
Glad am I to leave you.

My kite and a full moon,
(Solace for ninety-odd years--)
Floating high and free!

Gloria Stuart
July 4, 1910 - September 26, 2010


Gloria applying blue background wash to paper

Join Drachen as we show Gloria Stuart's last art book on kites (featuring kites by Charlie Sotich) at the AKA Convention, October 12-16 in Seaside, Oregon.