After Wings - Butterfly Poetry

Butterfly Poetry

Poems and Poetic Lyrics and Verses Writen About or Related to Butterflies.



After Wings

Grey butterfly on ground

This was your butterfly, you see,
His fine wings made him vain:
The caterpillars crawl, but he
Passed them in rich disdain.
My pretty boy says, “Let him be
Only a worm again!”

O child, when things have learned to wear
Wings once, they must be fain
To keep them always high and fair:
Think of the creeping pain
Which even a butterfly must bear
To be a worm again!

By Sarah Morgan Bryan Piatt. Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).
An American Anthology, 1787–1900. 1900.