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THE COQUETTE (A VILLANELLE), by            
First Line: I see a dainty butterfly
Last Line: She calls her mate in passing by.
Subject(s): Butterflies; Insects; Bugs


I see a dainty butterfly,
So winsome and so bright and gay,
She calls her mate in passing by.

Her call is soft and very shy,—
He follows her without delay.
I see a dainty butterfly!

She flies first low then very high,
She seems quite near then far away;—
She calls her mate in passing by.

She signals him but does not cry,
And through the glistening sun's bright ray
I see a dainty butterfly.

As she goes upward toward the sky
She stops, and flies another way—
She calls her mate in passing by.

A real coquette, at last I cry,
And all too well I know your way!
I see a dainty butterfly,
She calls her mate in passing by.





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