A waterfront park, peppered
with raucous crows and loud,
laughing people.

A multi-hued butterfly flutters
over parkscape, and the hue
and cry subsides.

The extraordinary is unpinned,
flutters free too, is available
in every moment.

~ Andrew Shattuck McBride


“Extraordinary” was my August 10th poem for the postcard poetry project. I used a contemporary card of views of La Conner, Washington. I mailed it to Karen in Corvallis, Oregon.

Blessings to Karen and all, Andy

P.S. This is my personal favorite so far.

About Andrew Shattuck McBride

I am a writer, editor, writing coach, and consultant. I work in a variety of genres, including poetry, short stories, and creative non-fiction. I also have a couple of novels simmering on back burners. THANK YOU to Nan Macy of Village Books for taking this photo (June 2011).
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8 Responses to Extraordinary

  1. Oh, wait–can I *like* my own poem? Hellooo, Andy?

  2. tsena says:

    i hope you like your own poetry! that is funny…i can tell that i will learn more about form just by reading your poetry. LIKE!

  3. tsena,
    LOL Yes, that was me *trying* to be funny!
    Thank you for your comments, especially “LIKE!” Oh, wait–you used ALL CAPS? Wow!
    I’m looking forward to reading more of your work and to hearing you read more of your work.
    Sincerely, and best wishes, Andy (((smiling)))

  4. Lisa Stillman says:

    I loved this one. It gave me that “Who knows what might happen today?” outlook. Thanks for sharing it!

  5. Dear Lisa, wow–thank you so much!
    With this poem I hope to remind everyone that the extraordinary is available in every moment!
    And, thank you so much for *ALL* of your kind comments. I’m very grateful.
    Sincerely, and blessings to you and yours, Andy

  6. I sure like the image “the extraordinary is unpinned, / floats free”–the whole poem, and the reader’s perceptions, take flight here. I can see why this one is your favorite!

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