I toss my hair at
spread my arms to
the day.

I want to butterfly
from one moment
to the next
unfurl my proboscis
drink deep

have you
see through
the Ezekiel lenses
of my wings

you gasp
at my arrogance
in flinging
all those colours
(shimmer, shammer, hold me)
back in Sun's face.

from the "very long titles, some even longer than the poems" series -

Craig Takes Me To a Topless Bar and While I Am Appalled, Being the Good Girl That I Am, I Promise Him That I Can Make Anything Beautiful If I Want To. I Can Take An Ugly Experience and Turn It Into Poetry

He took me
to a breast garden
his eyes, twin butterflies
flitted from flower to flower.








Chronos Is Coming

Take down the mirrors.
every one
from their officious clairvoyant

Lower my chemise length skirts
like blinds.
Let them brush the ground
sway when I walk
need to be lifted
to climb the stairs.

Empty out all the bottles
atomizers, flasks.
Let each smell be its own
no more spells to cast.

Make a fire
of the many books
whose bindings chant of glamour.
See their pages of promises
flame sans fruition
as their hold
goes up in smoke.

Let Chronos know
his coming is most


My Daughter Shows Me A Real Live Butterfly Cocoon That They Are Observing In Her Classroom And It's Like Being In New York City

You know how NYC looks just like it does
in all the movies
when you're really there?

Well that Technicolor cocoon green in photos
looks just like the jade that shellacs
encapsulated inspiration.

And You Know How Inspiration Is A Word That Can Be So Cliché
Especially When Paired With Butterflies?

In my daughter's classroom, inspiration is a word with all the mystery and selfspun beauty of a worm that makes itself wings                    from that which it carries within.


About the book


The Consequence of Wings, a collection of poetry and prose, has been selected for the MCBA's  (Minnesota Center for Book Arts) "Bookish" exhibit. It has been reviewed by Great Britain's premiere Arts and Literature Magazine, Aesthetica Magazine. The Consequence of Wings is available for purchase, $8.00 US currency, through the publisher, FootHills Publishing.



Reviewers have said the following:

"Annette Hyder is a masterful poetic craftsman. Her poems are exquisite reminders of just how wonderful the English language can be in the hands of a talented scribe." - Michael Lohr, Writer, Editor and Music Critic

"Transcending myths and Gothicism, Annette Marie Hyder weaves metaphors of wings and flight patterns into a contemporary realm of love and living - something that is precisely real."  - Yong Shu Hoong

"Annette Marie Hyder knows the true spirit within the human airfoil, heart-shaped and located in that land between the corner of the eye and the top of the heart. The consequence of living is love, with all its thermal highs and downdraft lows, something Ms. Hyder grasps well..." - Jim Chandler, Thunder Sandwich

   "...subliminally beautiful" - Mark Kanak

"Annette takes my hand leaps into the sky and she flies me into her universe faster than the speed of thought. I need no wings for this journey for despite the title of her book, flying with Ms. Hyder requires nothing more than her spirited imagination. We fly with desire her words updrafts that make you soar. I like holding hands with her. I like reading her words. I like flying beside her." - Larry Jaffe



From the book