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Well, LB, spying and stalking certainly fits with this image.

What I love about MP's poem, as with every single one of her meditative poems on her cards - is how she relates the whole scenario to an inner landscape- - She tells us her bird is the "black Shadow-bird" - a part of us just as equally as the "bright freshly metamorphosed butterfly." One part of the psyche (the butterfly just like the Fool), "contemplates things as though seeing them for the first time", while the bird is like the harsh inner critic "ready to rip apart that which does not please you." --- All artists know this phenomenon, I think, of ideas we think are brilliant - surfacing within us fragilely like a fluttering butterfly, only to be crushed before they even fly, by the dark shadow-self...
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