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Butterflies and Kingsnakes


The  yellow mercurial butterflies 

are migrating in autumn regalia

flitting from scrappy creosote bush to lantana,

celibate in this stage,


with purposeful beauty,

actors and actresses


south to Mexican mountains.

Adorn the air with color.


Regarding  from a distance

a queenly kingsnake with her cadmium yellow stripes

competes in the beauty contest for color perfection.


She watches warily with a wink

as she makes her way

a supernatural healer,

enemy of rattlesnake,

defender of earth,

her majesty creeps with looping spine

near the red wall.

second view of the king


She’s  going home

to her den underneath the side porch.

I haven’t seen the little lizard lately,

a cutie

who comes by regularly for blueberry treats.

Maybe Ms Kingsnake has swallowed Lizzy

in preparation for winter hibernation.


For a split second

a haphazard thought comes visiting inside my head,

a map of the absurd

called imagination.

Tis only my homo sapien consciousness.

Keep going, dear one.

When I’m ready

we will visit again.


world collage

Copyright © 2014 by Susan E Rowland



I made it this far and plan to keep going. I believe nature heals the soul. I love to journal, to write, do art, and music. I'm not afraid to tackle tough subjects. Solar-powered & drive hybrid. Trying to do my part. Earned my BA at 53. And, I believe, it's never too late to have a happy childhood.

4 thoughts on “Butterflies and Kingsnakes

  1. I love the movement of this poem from butterflies on high to the Mz Kingsnake living under your porch. It encompasses earthy reality and the flight of imagination – also real. Beautiful.

    1. At first I was a little surprised by the appearance of Mz Kingsnake…then I saw she wasn’t poisonous. Autumn is such a lovely time of year. Thanks for commenting. Cheers! 🙂

  2. Studies reveal monarchs only butterfly species to migrate and because of global warming have not had to fly so far south to Mexico any more. Shows that in eons of time they adjust and modify behavior.

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