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A few weeks ago we had an amazing adventure - thousands upon thousands of painted lady butterflies were in the midst of their migration and we were right in their path. I stood in the front yard and watched them zoom by in twos and threes every few seconds. They travel at just about head high and go straight, up and over, rather than around anything in their path.

I'm not pleased with this haiku yet. It hasn't quite captured what I want but these are not yet finished pieces. They are more of a workshop.

Painted Ladies

irridescent flight
painted ladies on parade
vanish in the sun

--- Susan Taylor Brown
      April 13, 2009


@copyright Susan Taylor Brown 2009 

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April 14th, 2009 12:01 pm (UTC)
Wow, that must have been amazing! Lovely haiku, Susan :).
May 1st, 2009 08:07 am (UTC)
Ack - I missed responsing to this, Jama. I apologize. Thank you for reading and taking the time to comment.
April 14th, 2009 12:11 pm (UTC)
Beautiful, Susan!
May 1st, 2009 08:07 am (UTC)
Thanks, Jill.
April 14th, 2009 12:52 pm (UTC)
What a gift ... watching those ladies on their travels.

And I love the haiku.
May 1st, 2009 08:08 am (UTC)
It was amazing to watch. I hope they come back this way on a revese migration.
April 14th, 2009 04:13 pm (UTC)
I was writing at a friend's further up the mountain somewhere around that day, and we were outside & the butterflies just kept going by us. Incredible.
May 1st, 2009 08:08 am (UTC)
It was, wasn't it? (I just found more places I forgot to respond...grrr....bad me.)
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Who am I?I was born on the Cancer/Leo cusp and share a birthday with Ernest Hemingway and Robin Williams. The similarities don't stop there as I can go from depressed to ecstatic without ever passing go. I feel scared most of the time though my friends call me brave and I find it easier to believe in my friends than to believe in my own abilities to make what I want out of my life.

Who am I? A wife, a mother, a daughter, and even, gulp, a grandmother.

Who am I? A writer who never gets tired of playing with words, even when the words are hard to find. A writer of books for children and articles for grown-ups and many things in-between.

Who am I? A motivational speaker, writing instructor, workshop leader and full-time follower of dreams.

Who am I? Read and find out.

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