deponti (deponti) wrote,
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Butterfly Blues

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When I started looking
At lovely butterflies,
I felt that very soon
I'd be Lepidopterally wise...

From Albatross to Zebra Blue
I thought it was a cinch
But  the  butterfly alphabet
Is killing me, inch by inch.

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First came the Blues, and blues were  what
These Lycaenids cast me into.
Even Grass Blues are  Lesser and Tiny...
Pale and Dark forms, too!

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Another colour,  Yellow, this time,
Put my mind in further doubt.
Three-spotted, Spotless, Common, more....
I knew not what I was about.

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The Rings put all my mathematics
And basic numbers to shame.
Alas, a Common Four-ring
And a Five-ring often look the same!

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Brown was a colour I felt at ease with...
Until it was preceded by "Bush".
Trying to find out which one it was
Reduced my brain to mush.

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Then came the procession
Of the scientific names;
The dry and wet-season forms,
The gentlemen, and the dames.

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Under all this  profusion
Of names and facts, I groan
The only butter fly I am sure of
Is when Amul or Vijaya is thrown!

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Tags: butterflies, humour, nature, photography, verse, wildlife
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