Butterfly Navigation I heard on Radio 4 quite recently
That butterflies are cleverer
Than you might think.
New research suggests they have
A natural capacity to navigate
Themselves towards light in
A straight line.
I used to think they were spontaneous
Yet graceful little creatures.
But there’s more to them than
Air light, beauty born aesthetic.
Two wings flutter together like
Two friends with a shared passion
Similar but unattached at the same time.
They leave subtle impressions in
Butterflies fly towards the light
- Clever little things… ♦ ♦ ♦ With the thick-set
Shoulder of the night
At my window,
A moth crouched
The paper-thin cool
Of the curtains.
And, cupping it in my hand
I let it into the night.
It was upon its release
That the air shuddered
Swallowing its yellow whole
And with a warm sigh of relief
The rain began to fall.