Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, INSPIRATION, by ABBOTTE MCKINNON DOWNING

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INSPIRATION, by            
First Line: Lovely butterfly! / you're like a fleeting
Last Line: Carefree and gay -- for one short span.
Subject(s): Butterflies; Insects; Bugs

Lovely butterfly!
You're like a fleeting apparition hovering near,
Then, soaring through the atmosphere.
A guardian angel, gliding through the marching years,
Has touched your wings, and brushed them with her tears.
A gleaming shape of purest gold, she floated there,
Poised daintily on tip-toe, thin mid-air,
In the mellow light of that languid moon,
Sipping nectar from Diana's spoon.

I'd search the world: I'd plight my troth,
With nature's God, who moldeth man,
If I could be a lovely moth,
Carefree and gay -- for one short span.

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