Saturday, August 9, 2014

Monarch Butterfly

What is this butterfly?
An old and tattered coat adorns this still beautiful butterfly, even in old age. What is this butterfly who came to rest in Botanica, the Wichita Gardens? I have called he or she a Monarch, but I can't be sure.

A child’s view of an old butterfly

In an autumn garden:

A child sees a butterfly
Its wings old and tattered
Whose color once bright
Now faded as the blossoms
But still pretty to a child
Who sees the world in pinks and golds

She says,
Do not fear
Stay awhile on my hand
And feel my gentle breath
Do not fly away

For I think,
Of all creatures great and small,
God planned for you
To live this moment
In my garden flowers
With no hint of what’s to come

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