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The Question

Where do butterflies go
when they die

I never see them in fall
adding their color to leaves
or drifting from a branch
caught by the wind

I saw a goldfish
belly up and bloated
that fell apart like the lily
and was gone

You never see them lying
still and lifeless
on the ground

The cat in her shallow grave
turns to bone
and I saw the tiny
skeleton of a field-mouse once

Do they fly into the sun
Are they the specks I see
in the sunbeam
across my room

Do they build themselves
a death nest
high in a tree
where I cannot see

I had a collection of
butterflies once
I caught them in a net
and killed them with
insect spray
Pinned them very carefully
to an old cigar box
and left them in the attic

Some time later
I went to look at them
and they were gone
No remnant of antenna remained
only a fine layer of dust
and ten pins
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Very nice, Martie! And good question!

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I think this deserves another go 'round!


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Butterflies fly up to the sky and become parts of a rainbow!
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4 posted 10-22-1999 10:11 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Well, now there's a wonderful thought! I like that one PdV! Great answer to a great poem!

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Oh, so glad this one came back. I would have missed it. Go up again
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PDV (I hope I can call you that, Denise did.) I should have remembered the rainbow.

Denise, thanks for the roller coaster ride, I like it.

thanks for your comments Ohme.
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Well done and thoughtful.

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