Swallowtail’s Anniversary

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Every year about this time at the end of July

The swallowtail returns to grace my flower garden

Natures clockwork in a world with no thought of time

This year is different // half a tail gone // snack for a bird

 

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Like a Rorschach print inked on only half a page

Still she flits and floats among the Zinnias mixing with the bees

Her handicap does not keep her from achieving her destiny

 

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Photos: Dwight L. Roth

Frank, at d’Verse, suggested we might write a seven line poem to celebrate the seventh Anniversary of d”Verse~Poets Pub. I saw this beautiful swallowtail on my flowers this week and took a number of photos.  Here are three of the best.  Come join us at d’verse poets:  https://dversepoets.com

 

42 thoughts on “Swallowtail’s Anniversary

  1. I can’t believe this – I was so tempted to write about butterflies in our garden and went for the willows instead, and here you’ve not only given us a beauty of a poem but also some stunning photographs! I especially love the lines:
    ‘Natures clockwork in a world with no thought of time’
    and
    ‘Like a Rorschach print inked on only half a page’.

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  2. Beautiful butterfly. I have a butterfly flying through my garden but doesn’t stop. My neighbor has the flowers that attract this butterfly. I’ll have to plant some flowers for the butterflies next year. Lovely poem, I like it. Dwight.

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  3. Oh my! LOVING the beauty of these illustrations. And these words most especially
    “Like a Rorschach print inked on only half a page”
    She is beautiful even with her disability — yes on that for many individuals as well as this beautiful part of nature!

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