Written for:  Carpe Diem #1063, Butterfly

a fallen blossom
returning to the bough, I thought —
but no, a butterfly

© Arakida Moritake (1473-1549) (Tr. Steven D. Carter)

a falling leaf
up from the earth
a matching butterfly

© Jane Reichhold

yet the monarch takes time
to visit me

white butterfly
afternoon Sunshine
slides away

© Jane Reichhold

Pygmalion’s lesson
every man and woman has to be
like a caterpillar
growing to the next level
become a butterfly

© Chèvrefeuille (our host)

Here is my attempt:


on a shrub in Fall
oh my, not snow so soon–
No, a white butterfly


About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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2 Responses to Butterfly

  1. A wonderful haiku Sara, very nicely in the same way as the one by Moritake

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