Autumn in Arizona

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!

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: .
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.

30 Comments on “Autumn in Arizona

    • Thank you! Monarchs are among the few who migrate. I am blessed to be able to see some of them when they pass through. But, I would love to see them in Mexico where they go!


  1. Thank you, Linda, for sharing the experience of an Arizona autumn – so different from ours. All the butterflies have gone here, so I love the link between monarchs and leaves!.

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    • 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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