I wrote this poem in 2012 after I visited the Perth Museum in Western Australia. They had the most beautiful display of butterflies. As you walked through the display, spotlights came on to highlight the brilliant colours of the butterflies wings. Although I have used the title as a play on words, this poem is an example of the Butterfly Effect in nature. At the end of the poem, I have included a link to an interesting article explaining the history of The Butterfly Effect and examples of it in different situations in life. Beverley Joy
I went to visit the museum today
And saw the butterflies on display
I looked in wonder at nature’s artistic
Use of colour – so metallic.
Man cannot replicate their brilliance
Wings of iridescent blue
White with pearl essence swirling through
Yellow, so warm, colours, bright and rich
Only in nature do we see this magic.
I’ve never seen such beauty in nature
Why does nature hide these splendid creatures
Deep in forests and country gardens
Or far away in foreign countries?
I cannot see them from the train,
Or bus or car or aeroplane,
Or in busy city streets and parks
For we have lost or changed their habitat?
Just as humans cannot live on a forest leaf
Butterflies can’t survive well on suburban streets
Occasionally I see a few of them
Fluttering about my flower garden.
Now, I look for them when I go bushwalking
Or visit city botanical gardens
The butterfly, so small – seems insignificant
As it lives in silent magnificence.
Beverley Joy © 2012 of Simply Story Poetry
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Here is an interesting article that explains the history of The Butterfly Effect and examples of it in different life situations.