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Monarchs
 
Look!
how each ivory-carved head nods
in the quickening breeze
     exclusive beckon
to black-veined
Royalty
 
Come,
linger from your ballet
     gravid ones
beside the purple surf—
linger
with delicate wings
pulsing
beneath the milkweed leaf . . .
 
Now Watch!
how quickly
the spun jade-
cases
release
the sleepy noble children
     . . . those who once dined
     so greedily
     upon the white-sand
Jewel
 
And See
how they spread their regal wings
to catch the sun
. . . Waiting
until they hear
the secret
choreographer
whisper
 
Begin!
The Northward Dance
 
Carolyne Butler
(Copyright © 2000)
Previously published in
Half Tones to Jubilee