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Butterflies - John Zheng

a monarch hanging

from its chrysalis—sunrise

under a live oak


warm sunshine

a spring azure opens

its crinkled wings


mom’s daylily beds

a fiery skipper



sunrays through trees

cabbage whites dancing



quiet garden

a dead leaf lands

on a green dahlia 


evening sky

full of owl butterflies’

eyespot wings



a black swallowtail

closing its wings


reading Zhuangzi—

each word a butterfly

ready to flap

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