(8-2-1945 / Gorakhpur)

A Butterfly In Love (Being Inspired By A Painting Of Kathleen Guilfoyle Mulligan, Me Myself And I)

'Dear Butterfly!
I am not a flower and have no nectar for you,
why are you dancing and singing above my head,
do you love me?
And if so isn't it funny? '
'Dear Bird!
You fly so high,
will you please allow me to sit on your back?
I want to fly in the high skies,
where there are stars,
the twinkling stars are my dreams
that never came true.'
The bird smiled and said,
'Well, I shall pick you up in the full moon's light,
as I don't fly in the dark.'
Under a blue moon
the bird took the butterfly to the high skies.
While on way, and close to the moon,
the butterfly was shocked to see the moon!
'How beautiful it appeared from the earth
and how much ugly is it!
And the earth that looked ugly to me,
looks so pretty as if it's a very large moon,
Alas! I miss the rose,
I miss the jasmine,
I miss queen of night,
I miss the violets,
I miss the greenery of the earth!
I don't want to see the stars
that look beautiful from a distance
but too ugly when we are close to them.
I want to go back on my earth
Where there are colorful flowers,
that look pretty from a distance,
look prettier when one feels their aroma,
and prettiest when one enjoys their nectar.
And where there are friends like you!

by Akhtar Jawad

Comments (8)

A most beautiful tribute to our lovely earth. Where would we be with out our dear Mother Earth!
Lovely poem..................!
'Dear Butterfly! romantic and wonderful piece of literature, thank you for sharing
'Dear Butterfly! romantic and wonderful piece of literature, thank you for sharing the poem with us
Wow! An excellently created and narrated poem. I love how the things the little butterfly took for granted in her existence here below, were the very things she missed when she soared high above them. It is such also with human beings. We become bored with the mundane/the ordinary, yet when we are far away from those things it is only then that we truly appreciate and value and miss them. It was only when the butterfly was so far away on a thrilling adventure that she realised the beauty of the world she lived in and appreciated it fully. She names out all the things she misses. I was amazed that she found the moon ugly and disappointed she didn't get to meet 'the man in the moon'! She might have fallen in love with him. A very insightful poem, which I so enjoyed reading. Wonderful write, dear friend Akhtar inspired by a very beautiful painting. Thank you and Kathleen for sharing. Blessings for a very nice, pleasant, relaxed evening...
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