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Grey Sparrow Journal

Issue 30, July 31, 2017
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Chirps from the Sparrow




 

 

A monarch butterfly's head emerges upside down from the chrysalis that has protected it for several days. As the insect wriggles free, it grows still. Fragile and wet from birth, the new monarch clings to the translucent shell. Abdominal muscles pump the paper-thin wings with fluid.


It has now changed from an egg to a caterpillar to a pupa to a fully grown monarch.  With bold, black veins drawn against tangerine wings, monarchs flood the countryside. Lilac-scented milkweeds sway in the breeze.  Our summer poems, like the monarch, explode with life.


                                                                                                                                                                        -Diane Smith