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by Regis Auffray
Friday, July 24, 2009
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There are many sorts of addictions. This is one of them.


It seems
I am addicted
To a butterfly
It started quite innocently
A look
A smile
A word
So insidiously innocent
I did not even notice
Like a sunburn
When finally felt
It is too late
You got me addicted
To your eyes
Your voice
Your scent
Your touch
Your taste
You gift me your absence
Leave me with withdrawal
The very worst of symptoms
In the midst of raging wildfire
No rain of tears will extinguish
So much substance for shrinks
And would-be well-wishers
You have seared my soul
Seemingly sealed my fate
And you don’t even know it
I would never fault you
Perhaps I'd rather
 Hold responsible
Youth and recklessness
I pray I have not embraced

the worst of mistakes
on my journey...

© Copyright 2009     Regis Auffray



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Reviewed by May Torres 4/12/2010
Beautifully written, I was moved by it.
Reviewed by audrine max 3/31/2010
very well it.
Reviewed by Darkest Angel (Reader) 3/27/2010
I know that love. Wow--you put that in words well.
Reviewed by Michelle Schaeffer 1/23/2010
I truely love how you used the symbolism of a butterfly for the one who left this heart in tears. I say that because of the meaning behind the butterly: How it transforms and then flys away!! No wonder we use the butterfly in the phrase: If you love someone you will let them go?
I could go on and on with all the thoughts your poem has stirred in me! I just love it!
Thank you sweet Regis*

Your friend,

Reviewed by JMS Bell 12/12/2009
Reviewed by Lena Kovadlo 12/1/2009
This is a very emotional and touching poem. It is beautifully written and I think that others might relate to the content in some way. I sure do. Thanks so much for sharing this piece. I much enjoyed the read. Keep on writing. It is your calling.

All the best,
Reviewed by Eileen Granfors 11/7/2009
Great analogy and so true. . ."like a sunburn felt too late"--been there. Well captured. Eileen
Reviewed by Elisabeth Barstowe 11/7/2009
I love this!
Reviewed by Daniel Gereige 10/26/2009
Very inspiring poem, you found the light through your darkness. Well Done!!!
Reviewed by Donna DeLong Matthews 10/20/2009
Regis This is awesome. Yes love should lie upon the heart as a butterfly getting all the sweetness we as humans lust for.
I loved this
Hugs and Luv
Reviewed by Sandra Hartsell 10/9/2009
I love how you compare the love of a butterfly, with the love of a another person. Thanks for sharing.
Lee Hartsell
Reviewed by Barbara Henry 10/1/2009
This is another great rendering,and you are right:There are many types of addictions,and unfortunately,all of them weaken us wouldn't you agree?
To your continued success/
Barbara Henry
Reviewed by Rebekah Rosie Lang 9/25/2009
Good picture Regis! The poem is
fantastic too! I am sorry she left
you, "addicted"!
Reviewed by Margaret Purslow 9/19/2009
What a true portrayal of lonely hurt without anyone knowing.
Very touching,
Reviewed by John Domino 9/17/2009
Wow! So many have felt this was I am sure but so few can truly express it!


John Michael
Reviewed by Connie Faust 8/29/2009
Filled with unmet desires; this one is very beautiful in its sad portrayal of one heart left behind by the elusive "butterfly."
Yet it seems to be a relationship that never got off the ground. Let it drift away into a gentle memory, then, and look ahead.
Reviewed by Shay White 8/24/2009
So simple yet steeped in the emotion of the grandeur of love. Thanks for sharing such a bittersweet portrayal.
Reviewed by Kathleen McDonald 8/19/2009
Love the picture and the way you wrote about love in this poem
Reviewed by Dixie Dawn Michelle 8/13/2009
The emotions and the wording are on the poetic pot. They touch my heart.

The image of a butterfly in human's life can only suit the libidinal emotions. But there was the innocence that learn to be wise; and the closing stanza shows that.

In gratitude,

Dixie Dawn Michelle
Reviewed by Acirè C 8/10/2009
keep up the writing
Reviewed by Ankin Timourian 8/7/2009
I love this poem, sounds like music, very delicate feelings and I completly can relate to that.
Take care Ankin T.
Reviewed by P. G. Shriver 8/4/2009
I love butterflies. Your poem brings to mind, "If you love something, let it go..." One day you'll have your meant to be.

Reviewed by Stephanie Webb-Dockery 8/4/2009
Very Nice!!!!!

Reviewed by Jon Willey 8/2/2009
this poem is wonderfully addictive Regis -- ah, butterflies, I will in fact admit to having a special fascination for these delicate messengers of beauty and tranquil actions -- love the photo -- love the poem -- and with that I will flit away -- peace and love my friend -- Jon Michael
Reviewed by lili dauphin 7/31/2009
Everyone has come in contact with a butterfly at some point in their lives. So beautiful, yet simple. Love it.
Reviewed by Peter Schlosser (Reader) 7/30/2009
I've been addicted to so many things in my life; but I haven't tried butterflies.....yet. Sounds a little like Ectasy. Time to get the net out and start hunting. Nice poem. Enjoyed the message. By the way, mistakes are never mistakes if the journey is continued, just learning experiences.
Reviewed by ~ H (Reader) 7/29/2009
Reg, you have one of the biggest hearts, therefore that big heart can become easily broken (Addicted) so I pray as you do:

I pray I have not embraced
the worst of mistakes
on my journey...

Be well my friend, Holly
Reviewed by Inspire Hope 7/29/2009
Well done Regis! Remember as beautiful as the butterfly
is, it had to go through a process, the Lord will see you

Reviewed by Amber Moonstone 7/28/2009
Addicted, we all have our addictions, I choose love over all things, what so bad about loving someone, it is a feeling to embrace and feel alive about. Your poem touches my heart, Reg.
Much peace, love, and light,
Amber "V"
Reviewed by Christine Alwin 7/28/2009
Reg...this is truly beautiful and heartfelt...delicate indeed.
Love and Blessings,
Reviewed by - - - - - TRASK 7/27/2009
I Love Photo...

Reviewed by Mark Lichterman 7/27/2009
Regis, even I, who understands so little of poetry (otherwise I would read and review more) finds "Addicted" to be, well, simply put, beautiful.
Reviewed by Dale Clark 7/27/2009
Great pen, Reg, very passionate.
Reviewed by Edwin Hurdle 7/27/2009
Great poem Regis,I enjoy reading it,take care

Reviewed by OnepoetGem *the Poetic Rapper 7/26/2009
Verse is an addiction for me Reg, this is an insightful work of words, cheers
Reviewed by John Flanagan 7/26/2009
Beautifully, elegantly written.

Reviewed by Helen Downey 7/26/2009
Beautiful yet sad. Your work gets better all the time!
Reviewed by Sheila Roy 7/26/2009
An amazing poem, Regis. There's something to be said about a passionate person who gives his/her all in a relationship - so much that it threatens to consume. This is how a girl dreams she'll be loved when she grows up. Hugs,
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 7/26/2009
This is a very beautiful, heart-searing poem, Regis. One that speaks to all of us whose hearts and souls are so open and vulnerable, still searching both heavens and earth for some kind of safe anchorage. We attach so easily to all forms of beauty and vitality, as our souls see it, so richly and diversely displayed in others and in the world around us, and a part of us melts. I can so very much relate to the feelings you express so vividly for us here. Bless you, Kate xx
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 7/26/2009
I had the same addiction once. Got cured when she called to announce her marriage and baby. Cool write.

Reviewed by Tom Hyland 7/26/2009

Jimmy Rogers song lyrics popped in my head -

"You tell me you love me,
you say you were true,
but you fly around
with somebody new -
you - BUTTERFLY ..."

Then - there's "Butterfly Kisses" - the wispy touch of gossamer wings ...


each rejection brings one closer to

Reviewed by Dallas D'Angelo-Gary 7/26/2009
Very nicely done, Regis. One can feel the loneliness in these last lines.
Reviewed by Liana Margiva 7/26/2009
BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!! Liana Margiva
Reviewed by Ann Marquette 7/25/2009
Hm! sadly addicted...may you find relief and joy in letting go.
Reviewed by Micki Peluso 7/25/2009
Dear Regis,

This is a wonderful poem, dilightgful and fanciful in the beginning and soulful and heartwrenching toward the end!! I loved it.
Love n' stuff

Micki Peluso
Reviewed by Sandie May Angel-Joyce 7/25/2009
Addicted to love is always a wonderful feeling!! Beautiful poem and photo.!!

Sandie Angel :o)
Reviewed by Lois Christensen 7/25/2009
Beautiful comments about love, and a butterfly is lovely, all kinds of them. They are my favorites too and can lead to love at all times. So neat a poem. Addictive.
Reviewed by Victoria's Poetry & Voices of Muse 7/25/2009
ohhh the slice of a soul..."Addicted"....lingering in the memories of love, seeing love everywhere...needing this calming words can sooth the restlessness of emotions....
You move me with this Regis! Your words of emotions gripping my heart with each line...
My Love Always xo
Reviewed by Leland Waldrip 7/25/2009
I feel the hurt in your well chosen words, Reg. Be well, my friend.
Reviewed by Debby Rosenberg 7/25/2009
heart felt Regis
Reviewed by Jackie (Micke) Jinks 7/25/2009
Such a beautifully, enchanting poem, Reg! The title is SOOO apropo to the message...that many of us have experienced. I love's a keeper!!
Blessings and Love - Micke
Reviewed by Richard Orey 7/25/2009
"Addicted" gets right to the core of real living.

It seems I've lived my entire life in a state of addiction and loving it. Ain't no way I'm going to rehab. That would cut out
all the fun and passion in life. But my addictions aren't all bad,
you understand, like I'm addicted to Authorsden. But who isn't?
With great writers like you, Reg, I'm enjoying being "Addicted."

Reviewed by D Johnson 7/25/2009
Sometimes it's the simplest things that can complicate our lives, moving us to addiction. Another great write.

Reviewed by Chantilly Lace (Reader) 7/25/2009
Very beautiful writing sweet man as always...stay safe and well..Hugsss
Reviewed by Jeanette Cooper 7/25/2009
A terrific poem, and as I look at the picture I wonder if your addiction is for the human butterfly or the insect butterfly. Either way, you describe your addiction so well.
Reviewed by Carole Mathys 7/25/2009
Just beautiful Regis, on the journey to find love there are always good and bad moments...still we continue to seek

Reviewed by Nicole Weaver 7/25/2009
As always, very well written.
Reviewed by Muhammad Al Mahdi 7/25/2009
Very well crafted and well stated.
Reviewed by Sherry Heim 7/25/2009
The butterfly is the perfect metaphor, Regis, their life so elusive and captivating yet so brief. Should we ever fall in love with a butterfly, surely, we will feel the sting of loss before we fully understand that they have burrowed into all of the empty spaces in our heart.
Take care,
Reviewed by Phyllis Jean Green 7/25/2009
Tres bien, mon ami, tres bien!! {sorry 'bout the missing accents}.
Make that tres, tres, TRES. So touching. So much said in a few exquisitely chosen words. Form's very like a butterfly. Encore!
Encore!! Toujours, 'Pi':)
Reviewed by Jean Pike 7/25/2009
I love the way you describe each phaze of the relationship, starting "like a sunburn , when finally felt it is too late." I guess there are worse things to be addicted to than love, but probably not many as painful. Enjoyed!
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 7/25/2009
A most satisfying read/poem, my man; excellent!! Very well penned; bravo, mon ami! C'est magnifique!

(((HUGS))) et amour, ton ami dans Texas, Karen Lynn. :D
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 7/25/2009
Perhaps at the time you was a lotus flower in a water pond where carps gave a few blotches of red to the deep blues. No wonder the butterfly elected you...


Reviewed by Paul Berube 7/25/2009
The elusive butterfly syndrome no doubt. Well done, Regis.
Reviewed by Pierre Ortega 7/24/2009
Love has it's own unique beauty, whether it leads to happiness or not which can never be denied or wished away.

Beautifully written,

Take Care, Pierre
Reviewed by Lori Moore 7/24/2009
Butterflies of that type can be addictive. Beautiful.
Reviewed by Bennett Kremen 7/24/2009
Well done. I really don't know many people who haven't had this addiction at least once in their lives. And as the poets say, "it's a sweet madness" that's, well, not always so sweet. You make that quite clear, which is a service to all of us.
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 7/24/2009
beautiful write!
Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 7/24/2009
Love is never a mistake. Period. Passion as you well know has a price. I am a true well wisher. Patrick
Reviewed by Susan Smith 7/24/2009
What a roller coaster of emotions described in this piece!
Reviewed by Cindy Tuttle 7/24/2009
This is very well written Regis and expresses the emotions wonderfully. Thank you Regis.

With Love,
Reviewed by Michelle Mead 7/24/2009
Well, Regis, you don't write as many poems as I know you would like to, but when you do, they are so darn good :) This is how we all feel, I think, when we love, as Sage said.
Reviewed by Sage Sweetwater 7/24/2009
Robert Palmer sings Addicted To Love so we might as well face it. Now Reg, a butterfly flits from here to there and it is well known it is elusive. It's why we keep on chasing it. It's well worth our valuable time to keep up the chase because time says there is a special butterfly out there that will stay perched with its proboscis aimed at the nectar and it will keep on coming back to the sweet...The answer comes to me when Stella Stevens sings Butterfly Morning in the movie The Ballad of Cable Hogue, a good old Sam Pekinpah classic just like this poem you have written. Be well, Regis.

Reviewed by Daniel Keith 7/24/2009
Well written Regis. May God Bless You.
Reviewed by jude forese 7/24/2009
the strongest addictions are those which insert us with passion, once amiss is an enduring withdrawal, and its power we are totally unaware of ... i like this concept as well as delivery, Regis ...
Reviewed by Mary Coe 7/24/2009
Beautiful! Loved it.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 7/24/2009
Think I know how you feel, Regis - well said.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Elizabeth Russo 7/24/2009
Feels like a beautiful addiction, Reg ... although the withdrawal seems mighty painful, indeed ... beautifully expressed. Hugs, Elizabeth

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