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The Monarch Butterfly

Contributed by Gayle Sweeney

Oceans of mandarin orange played upon the
Bright, sun painted wings
Of a Monarch in the air who made
Happy, shimmery flowers sing!
By and by this graceful butterfly
Fluttered like a dancer from Spain.
It floated with a soft breeze then stopped
Atop some petals where it reigned.
Soon all at once the lone, lovely Monarch
Took flight and was on its way,
Packed with pure sunshiny joy during
The glistening,summery day.
Dressed in a blazing, astounding cloak
And yet still very elusive,
While embraced so by the heavenly clear blue sky,
It can truly live.

-- Gayle Sweeney
October 2010

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