Nabokov and the Blue Butterflies

All At Once

All the horrible things you imagine

Happen all the time

All the wonderful things you imagine

Happen everyday

Nothing shocking

Nothing enthralling

All of it

All the time

This is the world

The white noise of extremes

Nothing noticed

Nothing noted

Is it sickening

Yes it is

It it astounding

Yes it is

It is moving

All the time

It is growing

All the time

It is shrinking

All the time

Know its name

Or do not

It lost sight of you

So long ago

Gene G. McLaughlin 2013