The Butterfly & the Moth or Lepidotera  Ted Frisbie



I. Hiding in over-

exposure, the moth and I

rest with wings unfurled



Disguised in complete

vulnerability, sun

shines color from wings.



What else is concealed

through utter transparency?

Us: the moth and me.



II. She, the butterfly,

keeps beauty hidden inside

camouflaged wings



Colors are exposed

in flashes as she flies by;

she opens slowly-



More at ease to have

sails upturned and snapped shut-she

alights and is gone.



III. Why the color flash? 

Why the blending in? Cannot




decide?  Or do we

all bear a two-sided flag,

part respecting set



conventions while, at

the same time, nursing our own

riot of color?