[i]Danaus Plexippus[/i] The monarch butterflies  

Sailor376 64M
953 posts
8/10/2006 4:15 pm

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[i]Danaus Plexippus[/i] The monarch butterflies

Late summer ease, wind 'bout dead astern,
Sailing Sou'west, all plain sail out.
Two sail afore, jib and spinnaker
Colors, colors of white blue and yellow
Billows and pillows of cloth aloft
Main makes three and a thousand feet
Of fabric bloom and rustle in the forenoon
So little the wind, ghosting along
Smooth and all but waveless.

A butterfly! so far from shore
Shelters in the lee of the main
Hovers to rest and finally lands
How does one hear a butterfly pant?
Another! Wonder, Wonderful!

And soon more upon more.
some resting some going on
Some cheating the distance by hovering
In my moving wind wake.
A river of monarch butterflies
Flying to the sou'west with me
Flying on to Mexico as their great grandfathers
Flew on to Mexico last year with me.

A river of orange and black
And I amongst the rocks of their streambed
Such delicates, such beauty, and yet they
Fly off on the late summer airs
Three and four or more thousand miles

Privileged am I to join them for so short a time
Privileged among men to fly with.

ShyWhisper2006 54F
15175 posts
8/18/2006 10:19 pm

*smiles*...Monarchs have been my favorite since a child...thank you

Sailor376 replies on 8/19/2006 7:07 am:
Myself also, Shy. Last Sunday should have been perfect. I only saw a very few crossing the lake.

__Huntress__ 56M/59F

8/19/2006 5:57 am

It was for me an absolute pleasure to discover your blog this morning ... what a beautiful gift for writing you have ... !


Sailor376 replies on 8/19/2006 7:08 am:
Thank you.


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