“Every living thing is turning into something else.” – Ovid
All of your poems that remain unwritten. Promises to and from family not kept. Urn of ashes on a son’s mantle. Things read aloud to laughter and tears, now lost in the country of time.
Laura Boss was an American, award-winning poet and a friend and mentor. She was the founder and Editor of Lips poetry magazine for four decades. Laura died on April 9, 2021, after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.
A mourning cloak on a cool morning on a walk through the cemetery. It is quiet but for whispered prayers.
She touches a headstone in the sun. Her yellow skirt escaping the dark cloak.
Nymphalis antiopa, the mourning cloak, is a large butterfly native to Eurasia and North America. The immature form of this species is sometimes known as the spiny elm caterpillar which has a toxic substance in its hairs or spines that can cause a very painful reaction if you touch it,
These butterflies have a lifespan of 11 to 12 months, one of the longest lifespans for any butterfly.
Fin de siècle is a French term meaning “end of century,” a term which typically encompasses both the meaning of the similar English idiom “turn of the century” and also makes reference to the closing of one era and onset of another. It is often associated with the end of the 19th century.