While Monarchs Have Departed The Butterfly Bush Blooms On


the nourishment
of beauty
soul food

Like Lovers Parting


monarch and flower
kissed by the sun
one final embrace
before the journey’s begun

Appreciation


The butterfly, cow and flower
conferring beauty
on the day

Dahlias In The Background


bookends of summer
monarchs on
Buddleia

Pause for Refreshment


sipping
zinnia nectar
most delicious afternoon

Iconic Pollinator


so many years
we’ve missed you
how good to see you back

Homemaking


seeds ready for flight
intentions set on next season’s
home for monarchs

The Garden’s Royal Couple


monarchs without wings
the king and queen
of spring

Assembly


In the Northeast Kingdom
monarchs flock to the butterfly bush
before their pilgrimage south to sunny Mexico.