Stomaching the last butterfly

The ancient eavesdropper

Butterfly 
wing-tips twist, 
mystery unfolds
from the cocoon’s recess. 
Spots of color flutter aloft
caught in a wild kaleidoscope, 
mimicking motion of the mighty wind
as subtle shadows undulate
on foothills and mountains.
Its tiny legs lift the weight of
a world within a world, 
eyes view life through multiple
lenses, angles and perspectives,
voyeurs, witnesses to all our actions,
meaningless words, agendas and propaganda.  
Beautiful beings, enlightened creations
soon sold as preserved souvenirs 
to tourists who walk the synthetic forests
knowing Nature’s glory days by way of 
postcards and photo-shopped images.

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About tyler4turtles

I am an avid photographer, poet, ecologist, bookworm, blogger, art enthusiast and runner who calls Montana home but lives in Oregon.
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7 Responses to Stomaching the last butterfly

  1. So poignant! Especially with all the tropical butterflies I am seeing at Wisley at the moment. May I quote you with a link and share the poem alongside some of my photos?

  2. Carrie Birde says:

    Poignant poem. Heart-breaking — that we slowly extend our distance to Nature. It is easier to dismiss if our connection is slim.

    • Thank you kindly, my friend. I hope this poem does not come true…but we have to be aware of the health of our planet and be a part of the solution in order to survive. What we do now impacts future generations and their ability to fully experience and connect with Nature. I hope you have a wonderful Sunday, Carrie 🙂
      Cheers,
      Tyler

  3. shivasiddula says:

    A beautiful poem. In the name of development and modernisation we are destroying nature and living in artificial world.Every sensible person do whatever they can to protect nature.

    • Thank you kindly, my friend! I agree…that is why I am working to restore salmon habitat and improve water quality. We all must be part of the solution & heighten our environmental consciousness! Have a wonderful weekend 🙂
      Cheers,
      Tyler

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