The Mysteries of Butterflies and Puddings

A long time ago, a rare and beautiful butterfly was discovered
The species was given the name ‘Adnarim’ 
“I don’t believe it. That doesn’t sound right!” they said 
Well, it is right. It’s certainly not a dyslexic naval officer, but it is rare 
so rare in fact, that it only occurs in one place in the galaxy, maybe 
… No! Not ‘maybe’, it absolutely is unique in the whole universe
“So who discovered this rare butterfly, then?” a cynical response
It was first identified by a young girl called Miranda 
who is now a famous international environmentalist …

Then there was the pudding; a special dish called Anilegna. 
“That’s not a word” they retorted. “It’s a nonsense!” … a pause
then they declaimed: “what in heaven’s name is Anilegna?!”
It is a rare dessert made from blueberries, raspberries, cream 
some secret ingredients and, oh yes, sponge cake, but no custard!
This pudding is only to be found in one place, yes, it is unique
“Nah! It sounds a bit like Summer Pudding”. Well, it was summer 
but it was created by a young girl called … “Miranda?” … No! 
Actually, her name is Angelina and she is now a famous chef.

But what is truly fascinating is that these unique discoveries
were revealed at the same time, in the same place 
by two people rolled into one amazing singularity, a twiniverse. 

“What on earth is a twiniverse?!” they exclaimed, now in disbelief. 
It is a place where no one and everyone can go; a place
where nothing is and all things are possible; a place where no one 
and everyone has a home, but it has no roof, only the sky 
above their heads, there are only stars that twinkle and inspire, but 
above all this, it is a place where you feel safe and secure and happy. 
It is called: Stulavitsef. It is here where lucky people find themselves 
where Angelina and Miranda had star dust sprinkled upon them … 
and they were changed, forever. 



© 2021 John N Anstie (alias Poetjanstie or PJ Na)
From: Sheffield, United Kingdom
Title: “The Mysteries of Butterflies and Puddings”
Genre: Flash Fiction	
Submitted to Wildsounds Festival under Short Stories

Based on a true story of clever girls; twins, each of whom was asked to invent a new word, by spelling their name backwards, define it and make a model of it in plasticine!
Recorded and Produced by WildSound Narrated by Val Cole

About PoetJanstie

“Life is short and art long, the crisis fleeting, experience penniless and decision difficult” ~ Hippocrates. As a young man, John enjoyed being fit and sporting. It was then as much his recreational therapy as a cappella harmony singing, music, walking in the hills and writing is now. Playing Rugby Union for over twenty years, encouraged in the early days by a school that was run on the same lines as Gordonstoun, giving shape and discipline to a sometimes precarious early life. This fitness was enhanced by working part time jobs in farming, as a leather factory packer and security guard, but probably not helped, for a short time, by selling ice cream! His professional working life was spent as a Metallurgical Engineer, Marketing Manager, Export Sales Manager, Implementation Manager and Managing Director of his own company. Thirty five years spent, apparently in a creative desert, raising a family, pursuing a career and helping to pay the bills, probably enriched his experience, because his renaissance, on retirement, realised a hidden creative talent as a writer of prose and poetry. He also enjoys music, with a piano and a forty-nine year old Yamaha FG140 acoustic guitar. He sings bass in three a cappella harmony groups: as a founding member of a mixed voice chamber choir, Fox Valley Voices and a mixed barbershop quartet. He is also a member of one of the top barbershop choruses in the UK, Hallmark of Harmony (the Sheffield Barbershop Harmony Club), who, for the eighth time in 40 years, became UK Champions in 2019. He is also a would be (once upon a time or 'has been') photographer with drawers full of his own history, and an occasional, but lapsed 'film' maker. In his other life, he doubles as a Husband, Father, Grandfather, Brother, Uncle, Cousin, Friend and Family man. What he writes is sometimes autobiographical, often political, sometimes dark and frequently pins his colours to the mast of climate change and how humans are trashing the Earth. In 2013, he published an anthology of the poetry (including his own) of an international group of poets, who met on Twitter in 2011. He produced, edited and steered the product of this work, "Petrichor Rising", to publication by Aquillrelle. His sort of strapline sort of reads: “ iWrite iSing iDance iVolunteer ”
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2 Responses to The Mysteries of Butterflies and Puddings

  1. Love the written word and audio voice together

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