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Below is the poem entitled A PAINTED LADY'S KISSES which was written by poet Joe Maverick. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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Poet's Notes

I got round to some small changes 17 03 2014 I had intending to make for
a while, I believe it helps the flow, and does not detract from the write,

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(For Gail Angel Doyle’s Butterfly Kisses Contest)

All round the ring of Kerry’s highways, people point and cry
It’s 4 o’clock on the very dot and Mick’s rig is passing by;
It has glistening sheens of yellow, with cinnabar spots in red;
Rich lozenges of orange complete the livery, as this butterfly forges ahead!
She’s kissing those dew damp breezes, on a morn like an Irish dream,
As the sun’s rays like golden spokes; 
Steal silently; through oaks of emerald green.
 lighting up a meadow’s buttercups, that border a hillside stream.
She hauls her load of butter, fresh from the herds of ‘Kerry’s spreads’
To sweeten the taste of a million slices, of European bread!
She’s making good time this morning in passing the various towns,
By 9 am she makes Letterkenny, to lay her cargo down.
Mick checks his trusty wristwatch,
He needs to be back in Clonakilty ; to make a special call,
For by, begosh and begorrah ‘tis Father’s Day ‘n all. and
His sweet Molly will be waiting there, by an ancient rock built wall!
So he spins the painted lady round, to take the south west route,
Tooting  to folks he recognises; as along that road he shoots.

At 1 o’clock he’s made it back,  and parks the painted lady up,
He wanders up the dusty track, just a Dad in working gear,
Straightening  an aching back, now his destination’s near.
He searches the milling kids all around; many colours their faces show,
And then he picks out his Molly as those raven curls she throws!
She runs to greet him at his call, raising her face to be kissed;
And she had chosen a painted lady, sure.. He felt how he had been missed!
He swings Molly up on high and they head back to the farm,
She showers him with sweet butterfly kisses
As rabbles of the creatures unravel, in clouds and colours of charm!

NB the Painted Lady is an Irish species of Butterfly

Copyright © Joe Maverick

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  1. Date: 11/7/2013 6:44:00 PM
    the picture paint is very quaint, but flows well on the page, the writer feels every bump, them words are wisely staged ....

  1. Date: 11/6/2013 8:41:00 AM
    Second time through is even more charming. The painted lady was so delicate and simple as I remember, and not like the monarch or tiger swallowtail. This goes back to childhood so beautifully. I love childhood, the very most creative time of a person's life. Love, daver

  1. Date: 9/24/2013 2:16:00 PM
    Soft and simple beauty Joe - a delightful connection to natural missions of joy - J.A.B. %

  1. Date: 9/22/2013 8:07:00 AM

  1. Date: 9/22/2013 5:24:00 AM
    Joe this is so charming I love it and the touch of Irish brogue makes it perfect wonderful write Shadow x smile

  1. Date: 9/3/2013 10:40:00 AM
    Good afternoon Joe, stopping in with a smile and a hello... hope to hear from you next time you are on the soup..xox..Linda

  1. Date: 7/24/2013 12:15:00 AM
    In answer to your question. Yes, I would dearly love to be the female Stephen King but I just can't seem to start a novel. (but definitely it would be horror)

  1. Date: 7/15/2013 9:47:00 AM
    enjoyed the development of this piece with all its scenic, intricate detais.. a winner for me!..:) huggs

  1. Date: 7/9/2013 8:55:00 AM
    Thanks for looking in on me. Just had a defibrillator installed to regulate my heart. The process was a lot more severe than I'd imagined, so won't be doing much soup for a couple of weeks. Love, daver

  1. Date: 7/3/2013 8:05:00 PM
    The most ambitious poem I have seen by you. Excellent work! Peace & Blessings Matthew Anish

  1. Date: 7/2/2013 2:46:00 PM
    Beautiful butterfly and interesting work that you have penned..Is this a train that is painted like a the butterfly or is it a carriage or is it a wagon like maybe a delivery wagon?..Enjoyed reading this eve..Thanks for stopping by and taking time to write a review of my work..Sara

  1. Date: 7/2/2013 1:38:00 AM
    In this entry there are many areas with which one can identify. Bright and creative is the poet that wrote this. You are indeed headed for the winner's circle.... Jake

  1. Date: 6/30/2013 7:05:00 PM
    This is an exceptional piece of work. I will be shocked if it is not on the winners list. You have my respect, a very talented writer you are.

  1. Date: 6/29/2013 3:42:00 PM
    Joe, this is a stunning portrait of the painted lady and a whimsical tale all rolled into a fantastic poem. great write !

  1. Date: 6/28/2013 11:50:00 PM
    Hello, Joe. Are you ready for the fourth of July?

  1. Date: 6/26/2013 10:10:00 AM
    I remember the painted lady, a very delicate, small butterfly, and the monarch, tiger swallow tail and others. Enjoyed. LOve, daver

  1. Date: 6/25/2013 6:38:00 AM
    Joe, this is a beauty. So good to read you this afternoon :) how are things going on your side of the world.. It is Winter on my side :) hugs Wilma

  1. Date: 6/25/2013 12:20:00 AM
    just here to say , HELLO!!!! and thanks for your comments. I have been having a hard time keeping up lately. Life is getting hard!! (but not that bad I guess)

  1. Date: 6/24/2013 4:05:00 PM
    Speechless on this very impressive & excellent write of yours my dear friend, Joe. I'm extremely happy to read it this early morning. I love it & so enjoyed. Thanks a lot for sharing & your precious time stopping by on one of my latest poems. Have a great day! love lots, Leonora

  1. Date: 6/23/2013 9:13:00 PM
    Joe this is very nice wonderful and beautiful... good luck in the contest... LUV~ LINDA