Butterfly wings slice the air
moving in the softness of a breeze
black-edged orange blizzard in indigo sky.
Fragile wings velvety bold
defying the enemy
A blur of wings
soft maneuvers against all odds
a flurry that sings.
A touch on skin can bring
to souls that seek elusive peace
hope for the journey yet to come.
© Barbara Flass 2000
The monarch butterfly goes through four generations in the span of a year. The life span of the first three generations is only two to six weeks, but the fourth generation that flies south in the fall to warmer climates lives six to eight months. The migration north of this fourth generation in the spring is a miraculous journey.