Butterflies: Do not disturb

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Butterflies: Do not disturb

Nestled among the pansies
           the yellow violets
and the pink-veined petunias
           in the hanging baskets
small butterflies
           have passed the night

It’s my early morning task
           to water these flowers
to keep them fresh
           throughout the summer
and yet it pains me
           to rouse these frail beauties
from their sleep
           with a sharp shower
and drive them from
           their bed of roses

John Lyons

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