Birgit Bunzel Linder

Freshman - 526 Points (Oberhausen, Germany)

Sister Butterfly - Poem by Birgit Bunzel Linder

One yellow butterfly
got tired of hiding
in the fragrant ylang ylang tree.

She stretched her wings
and left her sister
to land on my nose, you see.

She looked right
into my left eye
and she declared with glee:

"I just moved the world! "

"But, Colias Crocea, " I say with dismay,
"your flapping wings
have changed nothing for me! "

"But, Homo Non-So-Sapiens, " she replies,
"You just talked to a butterfly
from an ylang ylang tree! "

Topic(s) of this poem: butterfly, myth, nature, trees

Form: Free Verse

Poet's Notes about The Poem

A traditional Philippine tale talks about two butterfly sisters—one green, one yellow—that are sheltered by the ylang ylang tree, and in return the sisters give it its famous aroma.

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, January 23, 2016

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