Butterfly Paralysis [Haibun]

Struggling to wiggle its wings, the butterfly warms in the morning sun. Is it like sleep paralysis - that hypnopompic impulse to flee that's stymied by stuck muscles? What's a wind gust or rapidly advancing shadow like for the butterfly? Normally, such occurrences would provoke an erratic fluttering away. But now the screaming instinct to wing away can't be answered. Does the butterfly know dread, or does it just quietly await the moment it's unfrozen?


cool morning -
a butterfly twitches,
but can't yet fly 

DAILY PHOTO: Butterfly & Blossoms

Taken at Reynolds Nature Preserve in July of 2012

DAILY PHOTO: You know you’re stuck in traffic when…

… a butterfly lands on your hand while you’re operating a scooter.

Taken in Bangalore in the spring of 2019.
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DAILY PHOTO: Butterflies of Bohol

Taken in December of 2017 on Bohol Island in the Philippines

 

DAILY PHOTO: Blue Butterfly on a Green Leaf

Taken June 12, 2015 in Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP)

Taken June 12, 2015 in Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP)