Sort of Like Butterfly Feet

November PAD Challenge Day 3: For today’s prompt, I want you to take the phrase “Sort of (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write the poem.

Sort of Like Butterfly Feet

They flit and flutter, never
allowed to put down full weight
for fear of cutting off awareness
with heavy burden of self.

Nose in toes must step gingerly,
or take risk of impeding message
of safety or further nurture.
But then, who would want to eat
where only feet have been?

Elizabeth Crawford  11/3/11

Notes: Recently read that butterflies smell and taste through their feet. Have been fascinated with that idea, ever since.

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6 Responses to Sort of Like Butterfly Feet

  1. Mary says:

    Clever, Elizabeth. Interesting fact about butterflies. And yes, who would want to eat where only feet have been. Ewww.

    Thank you Mary. I found it interesting that butterflies have so many of their senses located in their feet. I don’t think I will ever use the words flit and flutter casually again.



  2. Ella says:

    This was fascinating; I had no idea~

    Niether did I, Ella. Those strange little tidbits come back unexpectedly and contribute a lot to all that we write. Thanks for stopping in,



  3. My dad said, “If you learn a new thing every day, you’ll never grow old.” Thanks for contributing to my fountain of youth – I had no clue that butterflies smelled with their feel, although seeing them land on mango, etc., at the conservatory makes sense.
    Lovely, graceful, and thoughful. Like this a lot, Elizabeth. Peace, Amy

    Amy thanks and I would totally agree with your dad. I like these little details that creep into my head in unsuspecting moments.



  4. Laurie Kolp says:

    Beautiful piece, Elizabeth… poem and picture.

    Laurie, am glad you feel that way, thank you.



  5. This lovely, Elizabeth. I did not know that little fact about butterflies. Love it.


    Thanks Pamela, I didn’t either and it certainly triggered my imagination.



  6. ladynimue says:

    you did made a real interesting poem here !


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