Rose Mary Boehm: “Sustainable energy”





Sustainable energy

A field covered in blue.
The flowers rise. Thousands
of butterflies lift off in a
drunken dither towards

a sky made of sugar icing.
Their wings brush my skin
enough for me to wake.
You are covering me with

insubstantial kisses.  I turn
and try to become real.
‘Kisses, petrol for your
engines. Wakey wakey.’
How I hate jolliness in
the mornings.

By now I dislike him intensely.
Besides, how can he possibly
love me in the mornings?

I’d clout him if I weren’t so
heavy. ‘Petrol? Fossil fuel.
‘Want proof?’ he grins.



About the Author: Rose Mary Boehm is a German-born British national living and writing in Lima, Peru. Her poetry has been published widely in mostly US poetry reviews (online and print). She was twice nominated for a Pushcart. Her fifth poetry collection, DO OCEANS HAVE UNDERWATER BORDERS, has just been snapped up by Kelsay Books for publication May/June 2022. Her website:


Image Credit: Chase Dimock “Canyon Butterfly” (2021)

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