Six Degrees of Possibility

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Austin, Texas

It is mid-January and the forecast is for high temperatures of six degrees.  Just two months ago we were enjoying the end of autumn in Texas.  Some Monarchs were enjoying the flowers in the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin before continuing their migration to Mexico.

Butterfly Water

The up-turned bottles I push into my garden –

amber, clear and two shades of green –

sparkle in the sunlight after a shower,

their concave bottoms ready to catch

 

the rain for butterflies in my garden of verbena,

blanket-flower, and yellow goldenrod.

Forester grasses are bent and dripping;

there’s a soft buzz of bees near butterfly weed.

 

Then, a Monarch flutters by and hovers

at a cluster of purple verbena blossoms,

proboscis prodding for sweet nectar

to sustain the long migration to Mexico

 

where Oyamel trees provide shelter

until the Monarchs turn north again.

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