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The Butterfly Effect

by Annabelle Bail

Acrylic on paper.  w12″ x h18″



Poem by Ian Cognitō


her self-portrait

is fractured, cubist almost

a collage

of feelings, impressions and

of trauma’s imprint


she holds the picture up

in its misshapen frame

red and undulating like hair

(like blood…)

and uses it/perceives it

as if a mirror

looks into it


and is transformed


colour returns to her eyes

to her pallor, to… her presence

while botanic patterns

of regeneration

assume their place

amid this, her return

to optimism