The Butterfly and I



One day I met a butterfly
Beneath a somber summer sky.
He fluttered ‘round me silently
As if he didn’t care
That I might try to snatch him up.
Did I even dare?

He could’ve settled peacefully
Upon a nearby rose,
Instead, God’s little messenger
Just landed on my nose.
Before my eyes to my surprise
He rested softly there,
In solitude our interlude
Transcended even prayer.
Veiled in pure tranquility
He looked me in the eye
As if to say, “I’d rather sit
And talk to you than fly.”
And so we did, we visited,
This butterfly and I.

“Serenity,” he said to me,
“Asleep within us lies
And happiness in stillness waits
To brighten somber skies
When quietly and patiently
We let these bounties be
Reflections of a grateful heart
Alive and sailing free.”

With this simple thought in mind
I’m hoping someone else may find
This quiet little butterfly
With gentle spirit flying high
Drifting on his peaceful way
Some sleepy lazy summer day.
My only wish?  That little guy,
That tender little butterfly
Instead of lighting on a rose
Will land on someone else’s nose.
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Submitted by annem.33962 on March 21, 2024

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Quick analysis:

Scheme AABCXC BDXDECXCBAXAXA BEXEBBXB FFAAGGAADD
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 1,088
Words 210
Stanzas 4
Stanza Lengths 6, 14, 8, 10

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8 Comments
  • Chana
    Beautiful! The wording and the deep inspiration.
    LikeReply19 days ago
  • Philipo
    Fine work. Congrats.
    LikeReply1 month ago
    • annem.33962
      Appreciate your support.
      LikeReply29 days ago
  • Symmetry60
    Deserving indeed. Congrats, my dear. :-)
    LikeReply1 month ago
    • annem.33962
      Thanks a bunch, appreciate your comments.
      LikeReply1 month ago
  • susan.brumel
    Lovely poem. Beautifully written.
    Congratulations!
    LikeReply1 month ago
  • denayer.mueller
    I like the message from nature.
    LikeReply1 month ago
    • annem.33962
      Some of our most profound messages are from nature, thank you.
      LikeReply1 month ago
  • Risingwerdz
    Eloquent, insightful and charming
    LikeReply1 month ago
    • annem.33962
      your comments are appreciated, thank you
      LikeReply1 month ago
  • Lbarrett9
    This poem is the one that I felt the most connection with. It's the one that resonated with me and spoke out while I was reading it. I just felt like it was the right one.
    LikeReply1 month ago
    • annem.33962
      When you know, you know, thank you.
      LikeReply1 month ago
  • Courtnie.mckern
    I love butterflies and this poem made me happy reading it! Thank you
    LikeReply1 month ago
    • annem.33962
      Thank you Courtnie I'm glad it brightened your day
      LikeReply1 month ago

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