Large Whites on M1

Pieris brassicae - A Large White on a Buddleja davidii | Wikipedia

As they were,
in my mother’s lawn,
I see them

whitening
in wheatfields
before harvest –

on errand,
on a motorway,
in sunburned surprise.

I could not sight
flowers enough, or much
proclivity in place.

Where is the sign,
and where the cool
cloud and calm?

Car wheels roll
on tarmac worth
a nebulous plane –

and even so,
with peppered wings,
in tepid air,

the butterflies
don’t seek
a safer space to fly.

4:33 am 28 April 2010

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