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.


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 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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