Katherine Mansfield

(14 October 1888 – 9 January 1923 / Wellington)

Butterfly Laughter

Poem by Katherine Mansfield

In the middle of our porridge plates
There was a blue butterfly painted
And each morning we tried who should reach the
butterfly first.
Then the Grandmother said: "Do not eat the poor
butterfly."
That made us laugh.
Always she said it and always it started us laughing.
It seemed such a sweet little joke.
I was certain that one fine morning
The butterfly would fly out of our plates,
Laughing the teeniest laugh in the world,
And perch on the Grandmother's lap.


Comments about Butterfly Laughter by Katherine Mansfield

  • Savita Tyagi (4/21/2020 8:26:00 AM)

    One happy little poem that made me smile too.(Report)Reply

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  • Harshit Sahani (4/7/2020 12:24:00 PM)

    We learn from this Poem that for our own happiness no one should bother inadvertently even if it .(Report)Reply

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  • Castellenas JohnCastellenas John (3/25/2019 3:38:00 PM)

    A wonderful story in the poem. I did enjoy.(Report)Reply

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  • Bisy UntanBisy Untan (2/21/2019 12:54:00 AM)

    I appreciate the poetic flair. Thank you.(Report)Reply

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  • Parameswaran Nair Damodaran Nair(DPN) (12/26/2018 2:59:00 AM)

    The poetic approach on a family joke is so appreciable. Nice(Report)Reply

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  • Jabari (6/19/2018 12:12:00 PM)

    The boys dreamhousr(Report)Reply

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  • AISHA HURT (6/14/2018 8:09:00 AM)

    LOVE THE POEMS KEEP WRITING MORE(Report)Reply

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  • Brenda breunig (5/12/2018 7:33:00 PM)

    Butterfly lol(Report)Reply

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  • Susan WilliamsSusan Williams (3/22/2018 4:31:00 PM)

    Delightful! Absolutely delightful, Katherine of Many Faces!(Report)Reply

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  • mayank kumar (1/23/2018 5:30:00 AM)

    i like this poem(Report)Reply

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  • R. Lee MethenyR. Lee Metheny (8/2/2017 6:30:00 AM)

    Nice and simple imagery. I especially appreciate the overall fairy-tale feel of the poem. Sweet poem.(Report)Reply

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  • Tom Allport (12/22/2016 10:42:00 AM)

    what a lovely memory of your grandmother and family(Report)Reply

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  • Kim BarneyKim Barney (2/13/2015 9:11:00 AM)

    Loved this poem about the butterfly. I love butterflies.
    Check out my poem BUTTERFLY OF DEATH.(Report)Reply

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  • * Sunprincess * (6/1/2014 3:56:00 PM)

    .......oh such a beautiful memory of family time with grandmother....loved...(Report)Reply

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  • Francie LynchFrancie Lynch (3/10/2014 9:26:00 PM)

    Let's give the grandmother some hard earned credit. She's integral. The care-giver, muse for future artistry, and spiritual candy.(Report)Reply

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  • Benjamin Tetteh (3/10/2014 6:49:00 PM)

    This poem is soft and soothing. A simple story said in the poet's heart.(Report)Reply

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  • Karen Sinclair (3/10/2013 8:31:00 AM)

    Delightful. From the mouths or should I say minds of babes. Beats adult considerations ie I wonder how much this plates worth.(Report)Reply

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  • Rafaad RoslanRafaad Roslan (3/10/2012 10:12:00 AM)

    You were plunged in a solemn state of awareness where you oppose your mere instincts and went overboard. This somehow created an illusion of me to oppose from your piece. It's terrifyingly wonderful... Thanks for this good poem. :)(Report)Reply

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  • Ramesh T ARamesh T A (3/10/2012 1:53:00 AM)

    Ha, ha, ha...! Nice technique of grand mother makes children take food fast! She lives forever indeed through this poem!(Report)Reply

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  • Marilyn LottMarilyn Lott (10/23/2009 1:48:00 PM)

    Another adorable poem by Ms. Mansfield. Loved it!
    A '10! ' I'm not going to tell her to keep writing as I've
    noticed some have, since she died in 1923! : 0)

    Marilyn(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002



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