A Monarchy of Butterflies

Migrating in the fall to escape winter,
living only two to six weeks except
for the last generation of the year,
which can live perhaps nine months.
I need flight, escape, migration, a warmer gathering.


Migrating monarchs – via Flickr


“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.” –  Lao Tzu

Photo by Somya Dinkar on Pexels.com

The birds are leaving for winter places
on this, my birthday. I’m staying here.
The seasons are changing. So will I.
I don’t know my destination or if
I will return here. So it is.

I thought the dragonflies died in winter

but reading that they migrate gives hope.

Their tiny transmitters tracked by airplane-bound humans

navigating Atlantic seaboard songbird flyways.

Though why they do remains a mystery.



The article that inspired this poem suggests that up to 50 of the world’s 5,200 dragonfly species are thought to migrate.