Dance of the Butterflies

aerial acrobats flutter high

into the bright blue sky

doing the dance of the butterfly

multi-colored wings with eyes

the beauty of the butterflies

they put on a stunning display

every day

a living bouquet

a riot of colors that please the eye

watching them fly

their presence does beautify

the flowers they fortify

butterflies

butterflies

butterflies

Silent Giants

The California Coast is the host for redwood trees

silent giants that have stood for centuries

massive groves form God’s church

the lofty limbs an eagle’s perch

they stretch hundreds of feet into the sky

and when the wind blows you hear them sigh

these ancient guardians of times gone by

wait silently

and majestically

earth’s tallest tree

nature’s dynasty

waiting for discovery

Animal Philosophy

arrogant humans have a tendency

to ignore animal philosophy

which is rooted in nature

and it’s abundancy

where there’s no need

for greed

no unwritten law

degreed

no political party to follow

no lies to swallow

with animal philosophy

you’re free

to live in harmony

The Snail Summit

the big snail summit was finally held in June

shelled gastropods gathered from around the world

hosting conferences under the light of the moon

It was a slow moving affair

but everyone who was there

agreed it was a boon

the land snails

the sea snails

and the freshwater snails

left behind happy trails

sluggishly sliming home

to their safety zone

looking forward to next year

when it would be time to reappear

Parrot Parade in Paradise

the wise old Gray parrot lined up the young Senegal parrots

at the edge of the jungle’s lush canopy

on the sturdy limbs of a mahogany tree

It was time for the annual parrot parade

and its subsequent parrot serenade

featuring Red-bellied parrots

and Timneh parrots

and Cape parrots

and Bown-headed parrots

and yellow fronted parrots

and Niam-Niam parrots

and Meyer’s parrots

and Ruppell’s parrots

while the Burrowing parrots

watched from below.

very few people even know

about this fabulous show

where to be concise

is in paradise

Beyond The Waterfalls

if you follow the rowdy river’s route

for a day or two

there’s a place downstream

where you can take your canoe

and put it safely on a spot of land

so you can continue your quest

to see something grand

like the mighty mountains majesty

and towering waterfalls

as far as you can see

but beyond the waterfalls

is a mystery to me

Over The Horizon

there!

do you see it?

just over the horizon

of the deep dark sea

a magical city

with ramparts of clouds

in a rainbow colored shroud

this vision so far away

nature’s passion play

is not something you’re

going to see everyday

there!

do you see it now?

just over the horizon