Butterflies and Theories


Butterfly flying about the colonial garden. Whitall House, Red Bank Battlefield. ©️Merril D. Smith, 2020

Look, there!

A butterfly

flits from bloom to bloom, she

flaps her wings, and you stand still


thus, missing the snake in the grass

who slithers by unseen.

No step, no bite-




chaos theory,

nothing predetermined–

the comet races by, but still

you see

the comma tail, inviting a

sequence. What will come next?

So, you wonder,

what if?



A snake slithered across the path in front of me at Red Bank Battlefield Park.


I decided to have a bit of fun with Colleen’s poet choice challenge,which must be some sort of syllabic poetry. I wrote a double butterfly cinquain to joke about the butterfly effect. 😏

I’m also linking this to dVerse’s Open Link Night, which of course, was last night, but that’s how I roll these days.
















62 thoughts on “Butterflies and Theories

  1. Better late than never 🙂 That was one of the snakes that sidle away when I walk around this place, I recognise it. And the comet. That popped up this morning for me. And of course, we wonder, what if?

  2. Glad the butterfly distracted you from the snake … yikes!! I hate snakes too! Guess the butterfly deserved to be honored in the poem! Well done.

    • Thank you, Beverly. I actually saw the butterfly and snake on different days, and in different locations at the park. I just put them together for the poem. I don’t hate snakes. It was actually kind of cool to see how fast it could move across the sidewalk and into the grass.

  3. I adore this poem, and the humour with which it was executed. (I hope I understood correctly. I’m not versed on verse)
    Neat that your tonight was last night. My today was yesterday. You’re fun!

  4. I love how your mind works sometimes, Merril. This was great! Yesterday, we had the most gorgeous butterfly visit our patio garden. I got some great videos and photos. She returned today, so I’ve named her Bonnie. 🙂 I’ll try to remember to share her on Instagram. Enjoy the weekend!

    • Thank you very much, Jill. That’s so kind. I do have some odd thoughts and make some weird connections. I’m glad you enjoy them. 😀That’s very cool about your butterfly!

  5. did it offer you any fruit? If it did, let the juice run down your chin, might as well. You made me smile this morning Merril. who knows what havoc me smiling will unleash on the cosmos today. 🙂

  6. You may have lost me on the days, but I adore the poem. It was great to read it again!
    If I was out there watching a butterfly, I would have missed the snake, for sure!

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