It was as though the gazania

had suddenly sprouted wings

broken free

of its earth-bound roots

seeking freedom in the sky,

surprising even the dog who took after it

like a rover the ball

trying to wrestle it to the ground;

but the cloth-white butterfly scorned her clumsy attempts,

sailed away beyond our thoughts

and knowledge.

For a while

we eyed everything

but the rest of the garden absolutely

refused to move.


4 thoughts on “Surprise

  1. I don’t think anything alien they discover in space can be stranger than an ordinary butterfly here in your garden.
    (And in any case, why call any life out there ‘alien’ anyway? It’s all the same chemicals and physics everywhere.


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