late afternoon sun + Emily
late afternoon sun
catches courting butterflies
dancing in mid-air
I was out for a walk and there they were. Not the two above, but doing the same dance. Circling each other as they drifted through the air.
Almost as wonderful as seeing them was finding this butterfly poem from Emily Dickinson!
Two Butterflies went out at Noon—
And waltzed above a Farm—
Then stepped straight through the Firmament
And rested on a Beam—
And then—together bore away
Upon a shining Sea—
Though never yet, in any Port—
Their coming mentioned—be—
If spoken by the distant Bird—
If met in Ether Sea
By Frigate, or by Merchantman—
No notice—was—to me—
Emily Dickinson, Poem #533
Poem found at poets.org, now in the public domain
I’d like to be a butterfly, wouldn’t you?
©Elouise Renich Fraser, 15 August 2018
Photo found at http://www.nhm.ac.uk