augury doggerel

Sunday, August 04, 2002


On the pond, ducks under water but for tails ignore the magpies gathered at the gate and the swooping pigeons and the red and white bus cracking open at the road. I watch butterfly races over the grass, brimstone after brimstone, all males competing, all yellow wing.

Some butterfly and brimstone entomology here and here, symbology here, and etymology here and here. At least two of these links repeat the fairly common but (to me, anyway) doubtful story that the word "butterfly" comes from the color of this particular yellow fellow.


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