Ten Billion Butterfly Sneezes

Lighter than the summer air

Gliding atop that bright flower

A flash of rainbow colors

Secretly holding nature’s power


An army of a single wanderer

A Skipper’s life is quite brief

Long enough to procreate

Spreading eggs across a leaf


An erratic flickering swarm

A sea of multi-colored wings

Sailing on their own breeze

A gathering of small kings


The sweetness of the flowers

Tickling the tiniest nose

A sneeze of mighty roar

Like mighty falling dominoes


Together, tens of billions

Enough to lay down trees

The butterflies have spoken

With one collective sneeze


[Thanks to the Moody Blues]


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