The Common Wood-Nymph
is fanciful—
but then what butterfly
Imagine designing
something as varied
and always beautiful,
always eliciting
as butterflies do.
The sub-species here on the Oklahoma prairie,
says John Fischer,
Oklahoma butterfly and moth guy,
has the yellow patches
around the eyes on the forewings.
Those who live farther east,
have no yellow patch,
only rings around the eyes.
She will lay eggs singly
on leaves
and the caterpillars
will hibernate
until spring.
In fact, short, thin green caterpillars
are clinging to screen doors these days.

All the more wondrous then,
this life.