Studying Things That Fly
Bats
Songbirds
The Dragonfly
“The Butterfly” “Then”
Research Update
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Spring/Summer
2007
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20
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“The Butterfly”
“Then”

Monarch Butterfly

The Butterfly

Kenneth McClane

Kenneth McClane
English

For my Mother and Father
See how the monarch butterfly
such a slight sliver of paper
ups and turns and ups:

How he seems so
oblivious to the steep staggerings of buildings
and the ruinous lights of the brook:

3000 miles to go
and wings so light
with going.

Then

wild corn does a yellow dance
for the crow

flying to be
there when

the river lights, and the insects
steady as jazz

finger the swing vines
down.

Kenneth A. McClane Jr.
English

 

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