The Butterfly’s Journey


The poem below has been written for Carrot Ranch Double Ennead Monthly Poetry Challenge No. 5, conducted by Colleen. This challenge starts with the double ennead of 99 syllables reduced to 48 syllables to 24 syllables to finally, a haiku (12 syllable poem).

Double ennead (6/5/11/6/5)

The pale green butterfly

seeks a pale green leaf

wanting to spread his body on his shelter

fluttering his wings and

breathing the leaf’s scent.


Breathing in a way that

only the leaf hears.

His tiny chest heaves and falls to the music

of the dark, roaring sea

and his eyes quiver.


The butterfly travels

alone to his land

of hazy dreams where he drinks from pale flowers

that has a shade of green,

the leaf unaware.


48 syllable poem (3 stanzas 4-7-5)


Pale butterfly

spreads his body on the leaf

breathing in her scent


His chest rises

to the music of the sea

as his eyes quiver


Butterfly soars

in dreams and drinks from flowers

the leaf unaware


24 syllable poem (1 stanza 6-6-6)


Pale butterfly finds home

in leaf only to chase

his unfulfilled yearning


Haiku (12 syllable)


flailing summer

he leaves life

finds home in mirage

12 thoughts on “The Butterfly’s Journey

    • Yes. The butterfly’s uncertainty even after it finds its ‘home’ and it’s longing to be elsewhere (at least in dreams). Thank you so much for the comment, Avery. I am glad you liked this.

  1. Butterfly’s . Please let me know if you get the picture.On Wednesday, July 14, 2021, call2read wrote:

    > nightlake posted: ” The poem below has been written for Carrot Ranch > Double Ennead Monthly Poetry Challenge No. 5, conducted by Colleen. This > challenge starts with the double ennead of 99 syllables reduced to 48 > syllables to 24 syllables to finally, a haiku (12 sy” >

  2. Wow, you have woven the life of this pale green butterfly so beautifully dear, the words you chose and the flow, I soo loved it. Well, I do always.
    We are never satisfied, we get one thing and we long for another one, at every step out yearnings soar higher than before. Loved your haiku.. “leaves life.. finds home in mirage” so deep..
    Excellent!! 🙂❤️🤗

  3. Lovely image of a Geen-veined White (Pieris napi) – I have a deck of cards that Id’s 52 Butterflies 😀

    Thank you for sharing the link. I like every version. But I am a fan of poetry and butterflies.

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