Monarchs are pretty and The butterfly obtains, by Emily Dickinson

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The butterfly obtains
But little sympathy,
Though favorably mentioned
In Entomology.
Because he travels freely
And wears a proper coat,
The circumspect are certain
The he is dissolute.
Had he the homely scutcheon of modest Industry,
T were fitter certifying for Immortality.
– Emily Dickinson

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4 thoughts on “Monarchs are pretty and The butterfly obtains, by Emily Dickinson

  1. Wow, is right! That’s amazing! I always wondered how the butterflies survived hard rain, they seem so fragile. I think you’d have to be fast or have a fast camera to capture that effect, but it’s not only fascinating to watch but lovely as well. Emily Dickinson always seems to have poems that are immensely . . . modest and full of lusty life at the same time. I don’t know how she did it but I’m glad she did, gives us all a new look at some very ordinary things!

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