Friday, May 13, 2016

Chasing Butterflies

When your days are more flies
than butter,
you must be quick with the click
and the shutter.
But when I saw that monarch flutter,
I forgot to focus at all.

For once I let go
of the urge
to capture; I just observed her.
A fleeting thousand word moment -
mine, then gone.

For Kerry's prompt at Real Toads

14 comments:

Kerry O'Connor said...

Your first lines made me smile a wide smile... I love what you did here, with the words, and also in telling us to let them go.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

WOW!!!!!! Days "more flies than butter" is brilliant. As is the observing, that "thousand word moment, mine, then gone." That is the secret, to observe in wonder, and not need to capture. I love how you get to the heart of things with so few strong and perfect lines. This is just wonderful, to read and contemplate.

telltaletherapy said...

a great lesson in photography here and an imaginative slant on days of wine and roses. Love the tempo of this poem too

Rommy said...

I couldn't help but smile at this. Sometimes it takes a lot more willpower to let go and be still so you can truly be in the moment than to try to capture it somehow.

brudberg said...

There is always too little butter... But let the flies be shutterbugs

Fireblossom said...

There's something to be said for being in the moment.

Outlawyer said...

A wonderful charm here--and easy to relate to. k.

Sioux said...

Yes--If we're so busy capturing the moment, you're not IN the moment. Bravo!

Gemma Wiseman said...

The butterfly is an elsuive creature of beauty. A grand subject for a symbolic reflection.

blueoran said...

How did Blake put it - "he who catches a joy as it flies / lives in Eternity's sunrise" or something. That "fleeting thousand word moment" better said in 55. Amen.

Jim said...
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Susie Clevenger said...

Oh I love this...I love taking photos, but butterfly moments are better captured without a lens.

Outlawyer said...

Such a lovely poem, and so happy that I could have the moment again in print. k.

Jim said...

Loving it, Mom Z. It took a bad camera shot to take us back to the days of childhood enjoyment. Sit and watch, dream, until the butterfly flies.
It's what I should do instead of trying to get pictures of the rabbit and his family that live in our back yard.
Sorry, I was being naughty with my earlier comment, being satirical. I don't hunt.
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