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Late Summer Purple

Contributed by S. Oberhauser

Joe Pye stands by milkweed
coneflowers blazing stars
bee balm All offer their sweets
to fluttering flocks

I examine each milkweed
for Monarch caterpillars
munching their way to an
amazing metamorphosis

Before the autumnal equinox
these royal creatures
will join others
for the long flight to Mexico

Next spring future generations
will reappear on our prairie
sipping nectar from
white and pink chalices

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