Tuesday, June 3, 2014

                                Provincial Butterfly

    

  Lorca wanted his butterfly to cease mid-air.
  Ted Hughes saw the chrysalis as mummy,
  Mary Oliver's butterfly fuzzled the damp throats of flowers.

 This Spanish butterfly is neither of those, and
 variously pauses on the pinnacles of seed pods,
 busy at her work in sunny Barcelona.

 Slow and methodical she doesn't flit or fly,
 instead spreads her concave wings over lilac thistle,
 her stained-glass colours - yellow with brown borders
                  
 brightening the clutter of green grass, green trees.
                  
            


















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