Poetry in Motion


Sandinista Advioncitos

Lawrence Ferlinghetti
A white poster features the poem Sandinista Advioncitos by Lawrence Ferlinghetti. A red graphic depicts a kneeling person clutching a butterfly. A red leaf floats in the right corner.

The little airplanes of the heart
with their brave little propellers
What can they do
against the winds of darkness
even as butterflies are beaten back
by hurricanes
yet do not die
They lie in wait wherever
they can hide and hang
their fine wings folded
and when the killer-wind dies
they flutter forth again
into the new-blown light
live as leaves

"Sandinista Advioncitos" from These Are My Rivers: New & Selected Poems, 1955-1993 by Lawrence Ferlinghetti. Copyright © 1993. Reprinted with the permission of New Directions Publishing Corporation.