Sunday, October 20, 2013

Polygonia c-album

Hodmandod Minor found a butterfly today
- in mid October.

A tramp of an insect:
its chipped and battered outline
a blackened leaf


when its pages are closed.

The single comma on each verso and recto
revealing not just its name
but the promise of an illuminated interior.

6 Comments:

Blogger Jud said...

What a fascinating creature!

Mon Oct 21, 04:45:00 pm  
Blogger Clare Dudman said...

:-) The Comma butterfly thanks you, sir!

Mon Oct 21, 08:24:00 pm  
Blogger jem said...

Beautiful! I had a thing for butterflies and moths as a child, for years I slept beside an identification poster which slowly grew grubby with curled corners and the odd rip.

Reading and seeing this make me think I've still got a thing for them now!

Thu Oct 24, 11:31:00 am  
Blogger Clare Dudman said...

Thanks Jem! The more I find out about butterflies and moths, the more fascinating it all seems.

Thu Oct 24, 10:03:00 pm  
Blogger Kay McKenzie Cooke said...

That's fascinating! How delightful. What a perfect poem to accompany. I can picture you producing a whole book about butterflies (& moths) with photos & illustrations & poems to accompany ...

Fri Oct 25, 11:23:00 pm  
Blogger Clare Dudman said...

Thanks Kay! You are very kind - it means a lot coming from a poet as talented as you!

Sat Oct 26, 04:32:00 pm  

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