Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, BLUE BUTTERFLY, by EDMUND CHARLES BLUNDEN



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First Line: Here lucy paused for the blue butterfly
Last Line: Is whispering in my lonely walk anew.
Alternate Author Name(s): Blunden, Edmund
Subject(s): Butterflies; England; Insects; Landscape; English; Bugs


HERE Lucy paused for the blue butterfly --
Blue with the mingled colours of the sky:
Here Lucy paused, and murmured to behold
His fingers long or feelers ringed with gold,
Ebony-ringed like cowboy's switches are,
And touched with sunset and its seraph star.

Frilled round he was, she bade me look, with white;
Over his body blossomed a soft light;
And in his wings a ruddiness remained
Like thunder skies, yet thence his sweet blue gained;
And when he shut his timid wings, then even
His undersides proclaimed a child of heaven,
Flecked with dark eyes, in paly circlets crowned.

Vetches of scarlet vein were legion round;
The speckled orchid grew, wild bean beside;
The aspens like a pebbled water sighed;
When he rose up to feathery fanning flight
And over sweetbriar dancing went from sight.
And here I see him yet, and Lucy's eye
Smiles on him from that day so past fled by,
And her delight so trembling and so true
Is whispering in my lonely walk anew.





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