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Illusive Stripes

Wafting on winds many miles from home.
Hovering together splashes of black and white.
A Zebra Longwing colony home from the day’s roam,
Oh, how happy I was to see that old familiar sight.

Monarchs and Viceroys dash back and forth.
But Zebra Longwings roost after each days dance.
How did they get here so far north?
Eggs or chrysalises traveled by hurricane, perchance.

The pungent scent of lantana, there nourishment lies.
A delicious yellow and orange feast; oh sight.
The sweet nectar would fill the visiting butterflies.
Thickets and trees were explored, too, with delight. 

Gathering at night, hovering, unlike other types.
That nostalgic moment felt so good inside.
Remembering long ago chasing illusive stripes.
Years had passed but butterfly kisses still abide.

© April 11, 2011
Dane Ann Smith-Johnsen

Written for Poetry Soup Member Contest: A Butterfly's Trail Of Kisses 	
Sponsored by: Gail Doyle

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  1. Date: 4/13/2012 2:17:00 PM
    Congrats on your win Dane

  1. Date: 4/13/2012 6:35:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win in the absolutely beautiful contest Gail sponsored "A Butterfly"s Trail Of Kisses" Dane Ann. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 4/12/2012 4:47:00 PM
    Oh Danie you got robbed this great Congrad's on your win! Light & love!

  1. Date: 4/12/2012 1:10:00 PM
    congrats Dane Ann on a beautiful write and win on butterfly wonders luv..

  1. Date: 4/12/2012 12:49:00 PM
    Congratulations on your super win Dane Ann well done xx

  1. Date: 4/11/2012 8:35:00 AM
    It is good to be back here on the soup. I had a lot going on in life here as of late and drifted from my writing but I came to realize that I was missing something.. I am back, I missed you all terribly.. I love this poem my friend, well written!! Jared Pickett