Thursday, May 26, 2022

A butterfly, a poem

Author’s note: My husband & I rescued some milkweed plants from a store dumpster and raised some Monarch butterflies from the Monarch caterpillars on them. The metamorphoses was amazing.  Hope we did some good for the world.  Made me think that butterflies and poets are much alike in their creative process and hence, this poem.

Tiger-striped yellow and black caterpillar,

Voraciously consumes leaves,
Like a poet consumes thoughts…and words,

Preparing for metamorphosis,

A jade pendant chrysalis sparkling with dew,
Golden circle of pinpoint lights circling its apex,
Breathing, forming, living,
Tied by a black and white silk string,
To whatever it can grasp for its journey,
Through time, through space, through the continuum,
Like a poet cocooning,
Grasping in solitary silence to words in flight,
As a structure deconstructs, rebuilds, grows toward light,
From primal memories, life-fluid,
A bright, ethereal new creation emerges,
Transformed, transcendent, triumphant..
     A butterfly…
                                    A poem…
                                                               A miracle.

Read More Poems From The Adirondack Almanack HERE.

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Annette Pisano-Higley is a Registered Nurse living in both Albany and Florida. She is a published song-lyricist and published a book of her original Adirondack poetry, with photography by her husband Walter Higley, Adirondack Echoes, available on Annette’s book was inspired by their idyllic summers at the beloved family Camp on Limekiln Lake, Inlet, in the beautiful Adirondacks. Her second book, Kaleidoscope, is an eclectic collection of original poetry as inspired by the ever-changing colors and directions of life.

10 Responses

  1. ADKresident says:

    A lovely poetic expression of God’s beautiful handiwork that can be witnessed by all ~
    Thank you for sharing! 🙂

  2. Ethan says:


  3. FRANK PISANO says:

    You have such a beautiful way of describing life and it’s strategic forms of development. Love you my Sis!!

    • Annette Pisano Higley says:

      I am constantly amazed by it! Nature teaches us so many important things and survival skills are some of the most important ones. I know you feel the same way I do Frankie, and I thank you so much for your love and support!

  4. FRANK PISANO says:

    We both love the beginning of it’s life. Then it moves on as a caterpillar to the point it builds it’s cocoon and in time it is released as the King and Queen of beautiful life. Love you Sis!

    • Annette Pisano Higley says:

      Thank you so very much for taking the time to read this poem and leave beautiful words for me my brother. You touch my heart always.

  5. ooo riely says:

    love it

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