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Poetry Friday: The Mariposa Lily by Ina Coolbrith

June 19th, 2015 (06:00 am)

Current Mood: sleepy
Current Song: Home by Gabrielle Aplin

Insect or blossom? Fragile, fairy thing,
Poised upon slender tip, and quivering
To flight! a flower of the fields of air;
A jewelled moth; a butterfly, with rare
And tender tints upon his downy wing,
A moment resting in our happy sight;
A flower held captive by a thread so slight
Its petal-wings of broidered gossamer
Are, light as the wind, with every wind astir,-
Wafting sweet odor, faint and exquisite.
O dainty nursling of the field and sky,
What fairer thing looks up to heaven's blue
And drinks the noontide sun, the dawning's dew?
Thou wingëd bloom! thou blossom-butterfly!

- The Mariposa Lily by Ina Coolbrith

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Posted by: Mary Lee Hahn (Mary Lee Hahn)
Posted at: June 20th, 2015 03:58 pm (UTC)

This poem "talks to" Catherine's butterfly poem at Reading to the Core!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: June 20th, 2015 06:27 pm (UTC)

- and I just saw a beautiful white butterfly outside!

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