Becketwood Cooperative
An Active, Independent 55+ Community of Owners in Minneapolis

Painted Lady

by Carol Masters, Becketwood Member

When you step on the shadow,
her wings’ flutter beneath your foot
startles. Raise your eyes to reality,
Painted Lady pasted to zinnia's core,
watch as if for the first time
a web-thin filament fill with life,
proboscis dip and rise
dip and rise. Remember
when they fed from you, decades
ago before they flew?

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