“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.