the lovelorn lepidopterist

 

butterfly by anelephantcant

butterfly by anelephantcant

once upon a time
I saw a butterfly
drifting
floating
flitting
whimsically twinkling
through the brightly hued garden
of life
making me smile
brightening my existence
alighting for but a moment
on each flower in my soul
eclipsing the radiance of each petal
nurturing my wonder
giving pleasure
and
happiness

 * * *

by her very nature
her joy-bringing was ephemeral
but in that brief second
I savoured her magic
her elegance
her effortless grace
and I was lifted by her beauty

 * * *

what a gift she inspired
just by being
what a gift to teach
with no word
the purest of all of life’s lessons
that which you cherish
but for a fragment of an instant
yet
which
enriches for all eternity

 * * *

I held her for that fraction
and
watched the colours fade
too fast
released her
with a smile
with a tear
realised
of a sudden
the saddest lesson
of them all

* * *

 you cannot love a butterfly
by pinning it to a wall

butterfly by anelephantcant

butterfly by anelephantcant

About AnElephantCant

An artist/writer/poet combination whose blogs reflect an approach to life that celebrates nature and takes a tongue-in-cheek view of most issues. So you get rhymes and doodles, photographs and comment. Irreverent and irrelevant. Occasionally funny, sometimes serious, mostly pointless. https://anelephantcant.me/
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19 Responses to the lovelorn lepidopterist

  1. BEING says:

    It’s touchy 🙂

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  2. With that beautiful and haunting last sentence, I think you just summed up one of the many essences of life itself 🙂 Loved this!

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  3. charef says:

    C’est tellement vrais et poignant à la fois. Une leçon à méditer.

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  4. cindy knoke says:

    poignant too~

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  5. Gyslaine L. says:

    Absolutely wonderful, sad, and so you, I think 🙂

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  6. This is very fine indeed

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  7. Al says:

    Beautiful poetry my friendly Pachyderm

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  8. emmylgant says:

    Je l’ai aimé la première fois que je l’ai lu.
    Je l’aime toujours ce papillon poétique.
    Et je me souviens de la chasse pour capturer cette photo!

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