Please don’t be frightened, sweet butterfly blue,
I just want to capture a picture of you.
As I inch closer I mean you no harm.
It’s not my intention to cause you alarm.
Your wings are so delicate: colours so pretty!
Please don’t fly away. That would be such a pity.
No need now to flutter, I’ll keep this quite brief.
Just stay where you are on that rich deep green leaf.
That’s perfect! I’ve got you! You’ll soon be on show:
Your beauty shared proudly with people I know.
- Submitted in response to Poetry Prompt #40
Monty says: This poem draws on recent experience at a magnificent butterfly farm in Penang, Malaysia.