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The Last Monarch

Contributed by G. Kittell

Cloudy, mid-October,
   And North winds lightly stirred;
Seasons somewhat blurring
   And whirs and whistles heard.

I saw a monarch fly-
   ing slowly, treetop high;
No colder could it sail --
   No slower stay the sky.

A taller maple stalled
   This butterfly, intense,
Which toiled this day in fall
   To scale this arbor fence.

It climbed above the tree,
   Despite the hurdle stood,
And ne'er could mortals see
   All trees within the wood.

-- G. Kittell
October 2007

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