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Monarch Grove
Jean Lin

they soar like tiny winged cathedrals
their windows open to heaven

an infinity of butterflies weave 
themselves through the eucalyptus

filling them with a quickening light 
smells of mint, honey, and pine

surround us, clouds so far above, 
we live only in sunshine

a kiss under a Monarch cluster 
a butterfly kiss,

the world contains everything 
in this moment and more

we are royalty
counting our sudden wealth
branch by golden branch
© by Jean Lin.
Used with the author’s permission.


Jean Lin first became enchanted by poetry in the second grade when her teacher read a poem that was so inspiring Jean went home and composed an ode to her kitten. “I’ve been playing with poetry ever since,” she says. Jean is the author of one book and her work can be found in several anthologies and many journals. She lives in Saratoga, California, where she is active in a writing group and other poetry opportunities.



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You have allowed us to experience this wonder through beautiful images. Thank you!
Posted 04/08/2014 07:32 PM
chris schulz:
"They soar like tiny winged cathedrals" that line Jean and thank you Jayne for the "inconvenient truth" about their milkweed habitant.
Posted 04/08/2014 03:57 PM
mary lou taylor:
Jean, it's a poem full of wonder. So many beautiful images. Looking forward to reading more.
Posted 04/08/2014 01:15 PM
Jean....great have captured their fleeting beauty as they touch down here and there. thank you for portraying this majestic insect only to something resplendent and stately.
Posted 04/08/2014 09:04 AM
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Posted 04/08/2014 07:35 AM
Larry Schug:
Beautiful! Spread milkweed seed!
Posted 04/08/2014 07:32 AM
I wish that all of us could measure wealth in this way. Different world, then, a living cathedral.
Posted 04/08/2014 07:28 AM
you had me with the first line and held me with each and every line hence. Has this not been a wonderful first week of April? Enjoying each and every poem! Thank-you Jayne, for the monarch lesson. So much I did not know!
Posted 04/08/2014 07:23 AM
Great poem, Jean. Monarch clusters are unforgettable and you've captured them.
Posted 04/07/2014 11:37 PM

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