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The Question for Butterflies

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Martie
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0 posted 12-31-1999 08:07 PM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

(so much talk of butterflies led me to repost this poem)


The Question for butterflies

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




 In the dew of little things,
the heart finds its morning
and is refreshed.
(ee cummings)
© Copyright 1999 Martie Odell-Ingebretsen - All Rights Reserved
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1 posted 12-31-1999 08:18 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

I remember this! One of my favorites! Thanks for reposting it, Martie!  

 Denise

hoot_owl_rn
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Very good question...maybe they don't die, only evolve into something even more beautiful....from a caterpiller to a cocoon to a butterfly to.....hmmmm???
Echo Rhayne
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3 posted 01-01-2000 12:17 PM       View Profile for Echo Rhayne   Email Echo Rhayne   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Echo Rhayne

I wanna be a butterfly...ooops mind is wandering again...tis a good question...where do butterfly's go when they die?  Some questions just might have no answers, and some are so obvious we overlook them *shrugs*  Hmmmm, now you got me thinking (and that isnt a good thing)


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I'm glad you brought this back Martie..loved it before as I do now....

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5 posted 01-18-2000 12:13 AM       View Profile for Justbleu   Email Justbleu   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Justbleu's Home Page   View IP for Justbleu

What an interesting mind provoking question...I am wondering now where they go, I don't recall seeing a dead butterfly myself!!  Hmmmm....you got me wondering!!

Take Care
Bridgette
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6 posted 01-18-2000 05:24 AM       View Profile for Severn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Severn

Well...you know how I feel about butterflies, Martie!!

I don't know - this is a question I asked about birds in the Alley some time ago!!
Perhaps they go to the same place...

Love your poem - darker than usual from you, well done.

K
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Yanno Martie? That's a good question....I wonder whatever happens to all the rubber that comes off tires?....I've never seen an empty Tabasco Sauce bottle either? Nice poem, good thought too gal....
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8 posted 01-18-2000 07:43 AM       View Profile for Marge Tindal   Email Marge Tindal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Marge Tindal's Home Page   View IP for Marge Tindal

Martie-

A butterfly is such a delicate thing,
I often wonder what becomes of their wing.
Long after the flight is through
I'd like to think they rest with you.

I simply adored the flutter of this.
~*~Marge~*~

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9 posted 01-18-2000 08:29 AM       View Profile for Dark Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Dark Angel

I M H O

Butterflies
don't die
They live an eternity
Dancin
round the
Minds of humanity

Dancing gracefully
Showing
more or less
The rainbow colours
They proudly
possess

Reserved
for when they're
Needed and plucked
from
Deep within the brain
Awoken to dance
Around again

Like now!  

loved the poem Martie, hope you don't mind my little imput here.  



 What comes from the heart goes to the heart.
Samuel Coleridge


Martie
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Justblu--got you wondering--what a good thing. Thanks for finding this poem back there and bringing it up again.

Severn--haven't seen you for so long.  Thank you for reading my darker side.

Toe--hi guy--tobasco--hmmm--can't recall seeing one either, lol

Marge--what a sweet verse, I loved it.  Thank you

Dark Angel--I loved your poetic reply.  
HelmutB
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Very nice the poem
But if memories don't fail me then I think Seymour wrote something to the effect where butterflies go  
Well sometimes
Nice, Thank you

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Where do the butterflies go,
when their season has passed,
and the flowers have lost
their scented bloom?

They linger, but for a moment,
then rest, upon a tree, or a rock,
their wings outspread, for a last kiss
from the sun...

and disappear...

~*~

Hugging you, for all you are.
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