When All Has Been Said
by Lois Parker Edstrom
What else can we say about the butterfly?
So familiar, the intricate
black and orange design, fragile wings
rimmed with white dots,
the butterfly’s well-known symbolism,
and metaphor of transformation.
Yet, when a butterfly alights nearby
it is like an unexpected visit
from a sovereign head of state,
a monarch in our midst.
Like a strange angel it
carrying a message of vulnerability
Its essence enters the body, a fluttering
that accelerates the heart.