Flight of the Monarch

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He was named

for rulers and kings,

and drank the sweet

nectar of the rose,

but it was the way

he floated

and soared

on those magnificent

Renaissance wings—

frescoes of orange

and black—that

never failed

to give rise

to the dreams

of a wingless child.

*******

“Flight of the Monarch” by Mary O’Connor from Dreams of a Wingless Child, Wheatmark Press, © 2007. Photo by Mary O’Connor, © 2013.


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