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Autumn in Arizona

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From my garden- Dec. 2016

-By Linda Lee Lyberg
As they flitter and flutter through the azure sky
They pause for a moment, look down from on high

 
Sending the message via butterfly airwaves
There’s milkweed down there, it’s what we crave!

 
They float down to land and drink the nectar
Laying eggs as they go along the leaf sectors

 
As they drop from the sky like Autumn leaves
The Monarch’s arrival bodes summer’s leave

 
And all through the fall we’ll watch miracles unfold
from caterpillar to chrysalis into a butterfly so bold!

Copyright©2017
Linda Lee Lyberg
 
Author’s Note: Every year around this time, we start to see an abundance of Monarchs along with Painted Lady and Swallowtail butterflies. Our backyard is an official Monarch way station because we have planted many butterfly friendly plants, including milkweed. The Monarchs are making their way down to Mexico.
This was written in response to D’Verse’s Tuesday’s Poetics: https://dversepoets.com .
The challenge is to write a poem, of any length or form, about an item of autumn: whole tree or just a leaf or nut; flower, berry, a bonfire in the garden – it’s up to you, just as long as the poem is new.
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28 thoughts on “Autumn in Arizona

    • Yes, we can grow it here in AZ, although my garden is not the conventional desert garden. I love Monarchs- they are such brave little souls to migrate thousands of miles. I have seen some with battered wings and I know they may not make the full journey. I had one last year with a wonky wing, and he stayed around for a couple of weeks before he moved to that great flower field in the sky. Every morning, I would go out and find him, and put him on the milkweed to drink. 🙂

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