Monday, January 16, 2023

Poem: What I Learned From Butterflies

What I Learned From Butterflies
Along my way, the butterflies whispered to me

About the nature of their lives. They said,
Everything changes in its own time,
As predestined, pre-ordained,
This is God’s supreme mystery.
Holding on to transient things, is futile.
Through pain, death, there is transformation,
 And new life, in new forms,
Guided by memories of the old.
Everything needed for this journey, already exists within.
Humility to it, acceptance of its divine plan,
As manifested by example set long ago,
Begets total grace, unequaled radiance,
Illuminating each step, each incandescent flight,

Making each singular destiny…endless.
I thanked the butterflies for their lessons,
Which permeate my life with light,
And with peace.


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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. Sally says:

    Lovely! And a poem of hope in the depths of winter!
    Thank you!

  2. Naj Wikoff says:

    Clearly a Monarch inspired poem, lovely to read during these challenging times. Thanks

    • Annette Pisano Higley says:

      Thanks so much Naj and yes it surely was! I am raising them right now. They add so much beauty to the world.

  3. ADKresident says:

    Another beautiful poem 💛
    Thank you for sharing!

  4. An Inlet Gal says:

    Such words of grace and beauty

    • Annette Pisano Higley says:

      Nice to meet you Inlet Gal. I’m a Limekiln Lake Gal so very close. Thanks for your kind read and gracious words.

  5. Daisy says:

    Your poem is the short version of my story, told on NCPR December 23 2022. Read or listen at
    As you are a Limekiln Lake gal, we probably share a friendship with Gary Lee as well as n intimate knowledge of Monarch butterflies.

    • Annette Pisano Higley says:

      Thanks so much Daisy for sharing your wonderful info. I just listened and read your story on NCPR. It resonated with me so deeply. I too have a ‘mother connection’ to the monarchs. My mother, who passed away (“flew”) many years ago, had a wonderful affinity for butterflies. Every time I see one, I feel like she is visiting with me. My husband and I have raised 4 generations of monarchs (about 25 survived) so far. Each group (and its process) was a miracle that we were truly fortunate to watch, so I absolutely know what you mean in your story. Thank you so much again for reaching out and sharing your story, and I hope more and more people will think about saving these amazing creatures. Thus far, on Limekiln I know of one other friend who has started raising them.

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