Lois Read

Rookie - 105 Points (1/17/26 / Chicago, Illinois)

Evening Dress In The Afternoon - Poem by Lois Read

I don't know your name
couldn't find you photo, even on Google
but I know that you must be
a high-society sophisticate
in the butterfly world
svelte body sheathed
in basic black
wings black too, at the start
then bands of palest blue
give way to transparent tips.

You wear this
enchanting evening dress
with the detached cool
that comes with class
even though the sun is shining
this hot August August afternoon
sit unmoving
on a lily stem
while tiny white ingenues
flit about below
to curry favor.

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Poet's Notes about The Poem

I was looking out of the window in my sunroom and there was this amazing butterfly, that just sat there like a queen enthroned....

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, August 9, 2012

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