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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,

floating

with purposeful beauty,

actors and actresses

flying

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

 

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I'm writing. I haven't been on my blog much, so please forgive the lack of updates. I'm doing art. My life is dedicated to any cause that helps the planet and is good for children and other living beings. Don't get me started on politics because it won't be pretty. Humor helps. Check y'all later.

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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