Seafaring Butterfly

This unusual photo of a butterfly flying over water captured my imagination. As soon as I saw it on Sunday evening I felt compelled to write a poem so this wannabe poet swung into action, spending two or three hours labouring over the words to express my feelings about the scene.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail flying over a creek. Kent Narrows (Maryland, USA)

Taken by Donna Wadsley ofΒ  Photos By Donna

Original post:Β Β  A Hint of Yellow Crossing the Creek

Seafaring Butterfly

— poem by Liz Cowburn


There’s a life for me across the sea

I hear the sirens sing

Flowered meadows bloom forever

Streams of nectar flow

Honeyed scents are calling me

Carried on a gentle breeze

And I’m enticed to cross the sea

On golden wings with fine black trim

My course is set for that far shore

This will be my home no more

Poem by Liz; Exploring Colour (2019). Photo by Donna Wadsley
— Photo used with permission

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  1. You may surely add poet or if you choose, poetess, to your list of accomplishments! This is a lovely accompaniment to the beautiful photo. In the words of my favorite poet, Robert Frost : “Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.” You have done so, breathtakingly! Thank-you!

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  2. This is gorgeous Liz, the water, as always, holds a purity, to be washed clean, to start afresh, to dive into a new life. I hear, or see, a slight fear too, the fragility of the butterfly’s wings and those waters, so much distance to cross. I hope the sirens song is sweet.
    No more the wannabe poet my Dear. You seem to be now as tied to the words as the butterfly is to the wind. Happy flying

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