Autumn Butterfly

in September sun
a brown and gold butterfly
hanging from a stem
is caught in a swirl of leaves
confetti for autumn brides

© Kim M. Russell, 2016


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My response to Carpe Diem #1063 butterfly

Today our prompt is butterfly. Butterflies are synonymous with change, metamorphosis, lightness, growth, messengers of the gods and ‘butterfly’ is also a classical kigo. Chèvrefeuille has explained that the only thing that’s different is that in the modern kigo ‘butterfly’ represents autumn and in the classical kigo it represents summer. He has given us some lovely examples:
a fallen blossom
returning to the bough, I thought —
but no, a butterfly

© Arakida Moritake (1473-1549) (Tr. Steven D. Carter)

a falling leaf
up from the earth
a matching butterfly

yet the monarch takes time
to visit me

white butterfly
afternoon Sunshine
slides away

© Jane Reichhold

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