-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: 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.