2.09.2019

Experience vs. Understanding


When a butterfly
lights on a frozen branch
of the shrubbery
outside my window
I must be seeing things
but then geese honk over
and I’m not so sure

Seems now
I’m at a crossroads
between one good thing
and a dark setback
yet I entertain random ideas
like the taste of nectar
whether I’d fly in formation
or set out on my own
or what it might feel like
to be frozen to a branch

I know the sensation
of observing what’s solid
unquestionably existing
explained the opposite
but I can think
of no explanation
for a monarch in winter


SENSATION in the Imaginary Garden

20 comments:

  1. He's lost, perhaps? Or he watched that cool Volvo commercial.

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  2. Love the thoughts and questions in this Marian! I guess some things just cannot be explained. Beautiful writing!

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  3. He must be very confused. Amazing to see one in winter, especially one this cold.

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  4. A flash of colour and the honk of geese on an icy day – sublime messages from nature, Marian! I love the ponderings, especially about the taste of nectar and ‘what it might feel like / to be frozen to a branch’.

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  5. Such lovely and potent imagery in this one, Marian! ❤️ I love; " yet I entertain random ideas like the taste of nectar whether I’d fly in formation
    or set out on my own or what it might feel like to be frozen to a branch."❤️

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  6. I do love the contrast between the geese (bound to their formation) or the freedom of a butterfly being frozen to a bough... maybe we as humans only can make bad worse choirces.

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  7. I’m at a crossroads
    between one good thing
    and a dark setback

    Sounds like the story of my life...

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  8. This makes me think of a writer choosing to go all-in with his craft, but then maybe regretting the decision or being fearful of the outcome --- feeling out of place trying to start his first novel, wondering if he can pull it off, just trying to get started, feeling a bit helpless and lost by the window in his office.

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  9. Butterflies have always symbolized my Mother ... I would have looked at him and said “hi Mama” ...

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  10. Life seems to be a dance that happens good and not so pleasant. There is much to be said for balance. Or, for those wonderful moments, that fly out of nowhere, to remind us of spring and life during winter's frosty dying ways.

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  11. A Monarch in winter would just be sad....it's not supposed to be that way.

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    1. When my Mom died in early days of winter, in Texas, Monarchs were fueling up for their last leg of the journey. So like Helen, I always think of my Mother when I think of Monarchs.

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    2. Yes... this is a sad one. Though I'm glad for the association with your mother!

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    3. I lost my last comment before I finished it. I appreciate the cross roads between a good thing and the dark. I believe we've all been there at one time or other.

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  12. Love the contrasts between the birds and the butterfly.

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  13. Poor Monarch. They weren't intended for winter, though this one might be like the proverbial 'last rose of summer.' 
    Mesmerisig on being frozen on a limb surely would be a dark setback.
    ..

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  14. Perhaps the Monarch came to show you how to fly when circumstances would leave you frozen. Beautiful

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