Have you found yourself amidst a kaleidoscope?
Painted ladies dance
In joyful kaleidoscopes
Through warm autumn days
This morning as I walked, I found myself surrounded by butterflies. There were so many, I stopped in wonder. And in joy. They flickered in front, beside, and over me, carrying me back to my childhood on the farm when masses of butterflies were common.
What kind were they? I uploaded a picture to Facebook, asking for help.
Then my mind wandered to what a group of butterflies is called. Are they drifts? crowds? flocks? sweeps? I asked my smart phone.
As a child, I played endlessly with a kaleidoscope, pointing the tube toward the sun, turning it around and around to create new colors and shapes. How fitting that the butterflies, flitting about as they do, splashing color here and there, are collectively a kaleidoscope.
The painted ladies inspired me to write the haiku above. When have you found yourself in wonder and joy with nature?