Rick’s Field of Dreams — Poet gives tribute to the migrating monarch butterfly

Rick Bessette

From my tractor seat on Shelburne Farms, I have been enjoying the opportunity to observe monarch butterflies fluttering and floating over the meadows that I pass with wagonloads of visitors.

The butterflies seem to be drawn to the tractor and at times come within
my reach.

I am reminded that their journey is such an incredible story. How something that is so small and delicate can travel 3,000 miles and not get lost or blown off course.

They are the only butterfly that annually migrates both north and south as birds do.

Take some time to visit the Pierson Library and read about their journey and their life cycle.

Farewell to the Monarchs
Over windswept fields of autumn
Monarchs drift and flutter there.
Their internal clocks reminding
It’s migration time; prepare.

On delicate wings they journey
Three thousand miles away.
Mexico their destination,
From this route they’ll never stray.

We shall miss their gift of beauty
But with anticipation,
Knowing they will return to us,
It’s nature’s gift, migration.

Rick Bessette is Shelburne’s poet laureate.

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