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Monarch Butterflies Gather in Mexico to Renegotiate NAFTA

18 April, 2021: Monarch Butterflies Gather in Mexico to Renegotiate NAFTA

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Monarch Butterflies Gather in Mexico to Renegotiate NAFTA

By RC Wilson

First Resolution:
There are no borders.
Only ranges
for different species
of milkweed
milkweed /milkweed
mother of us all!
Second Resolution:
No tariffs for drifting seed
seed in flight on silken wings
shall pass above and
light on any land
Third Resolution:
Other species of butterfly
may mimic monarch color
without license or limitation
but birds who peck selectively
to avoid cardiac glycosides
are strictly banned
Fourth Resolution:
Seeing as the Aztec practice
of ritual butterfly sacrifice
is no longer extant in the
treaty region
all related regulation
is hereby declared void
Fifth Resolution:
Given that separation from
the host plant and
imprisonment of
first instar caterpillars
is morally repugnant
for all faiths and ethical systems
such practice is banned henceforth
forthwith, and in perpetuity
General Addendum:
Butterflies were free
are free
and shall be free
as long as wind blows
through milkweed leaves
“Monarch Butterflies Gather in Mexico to Renegotiate NAFTA” by RC Wilson from Under the Blossom that Hangs on the Bough: Pollination Poems. Ed. RC Wilson. Kent State University, Wick Poetry Center. 2020. Used by permission of the author.
RC Wilson and spouse, Camille Park, live in Kent, Ohio. In poetry, he loves to work the interface between disparate themes: science and religion, industry and nature, order and chaos…. He is a frequent organizer of poetry readings and other collaborative events with local poets, musicians, and artists in Northeast Ohio. He and other poets gather monthly, in person or virtually, as conditions allow, at Last Exit Bookstore in downtown Kent. His chapbooks can be requested for free as PDF files. His email is

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Write a poem containing at least one animal metaphor that is not about that animal: crabby, owly, happy as a lark, buffaloed, dog-eared, hog-tied.

Laurie K
LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE this. If butterflies negotiated, we wouldn't have had NAFTA.
4/22/2021 7:34:53 PM

Thank you, Tovli and Mary for your kind words. I love the Luna Moth poem, Tovli, the feel of your refrain "as luna-moths", is such a pleasure to say. I have only seen one, but there was something life changing about the encounter. So glad the world still has such creatures in it. The loss of them would be quietly devastating.
4/20/2021 7:47:52 AM

Sierra Polsinelli
a noble feline
cat of cats
Maine Coon
She pranced around her domain.

She'd get on my bed wanting breakfast.
I was still sleepy, clearly she was purring up the wrong tree.
She would get excited as a cat with two tails.

Looking out the window
at my children playing
she would get thoughtful,
like cat eat cat, she
seemed to say.
4/18/2021 4:06:54 PM

RE: Monarch Butterflies Gather in Mexico...
beautiful poem--exclusively spiritual and profoundly organized. enjoyed the read.
4/18/2021 11:31:18 AM

Poem Day 18 Write a poem containing at least one animal metaphor

Today: soft waves for luna-moths

A tanka chain

each piece, a distance
seclusive as luna-moths
each fence, curling-winds
transforming, as luna-moths
soft waves, little pebble sounds

each life-blood-dropping,
exclusive as luna-moths
each pouring of salt
skeletal, as luna-moths
soft waves, bruising the sand-bar

each flame nearing dawn,
infrequent, as luna-moths
shy ocean voices
each fragile as luna-moths
soft waves, finished much too soon

each empty cocoon,
short lived-sun as luna-moths
simple dancing-flight
green shadows as luna-moths
soft waves, moon-face surfacing

each weakness, each return, every life-path;
each moon, every storm
each spring, each prayer, every closed eye

luna-moth pupils staring backā€¦

© Tovli 2021
4/18/2021 11:29:09 AM

Wow! Perfect example of your interface of disparate themes. I love butterflies and grow milkweed, so your poem really appealed to me.
4/18/2021 10:22:55 AM

Mary M Chadbourne
Oh my, Bob. Just a brilliant poem in every way. Checking on the milkweed plot right now!
4/18/2021 10:16:52 AM

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