A Painting by Monet


This Monarch butterfly
dances from petal to petal
red, yellow and orange

sits for a while
on each and then
suddenly is gone

returns again to dine
several times today in
this painting by Monet.

By Donal Mahoney

Monarch butterfly on a white flower close-up


Donal Mahoney, a native of Chicago, lives in St. Louis, MO. He has worked as an editor for The Chicago Sun-Times, Loyola University Press and Washington University in St. Louis. Read more of his poems in Eye on Life Magazine here.

Photo by Krzysztof Wiktor

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