The Shattered Sunset. An alternative mythos of the Monarch butterfly.

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From my youth I have always been fascinated with myth and legend. So much so that sometimes I write alternative mythos. My mythology isn’t intended to be anything but good entertainmen and any resemblance to the mythology of an actual culture is purely coincidence.

The marsh falls silent in the September sun as the Monarch explores the sweet blooms that dominate the edge of water. The orange butterfly gracefully navigates through through the bloom and checks each of the florets with delicate precision. My imagination began to concoct a mythos of the Monarch.

My minds eye conceives a sachem on the edge of a cliff looking out over the New River Gorge. As the sun sets below the canyon rim get beholds the sunset in all its glory. But in his vision a shooting star strikes that part of the sky and the sunset shatters into the night sky. The amber shards of the sky fall into canyon and litter the ground. Saddened by the loss of the beautiful sunset the sachem is moved to play a mournful tune on his flute. As his tears fall into canyon they rain onto the shards of amber sunset and they began to live. Through his tears the sachem sees the living sunset shards and his mournful tune changes to an expression of joy. He continues to pipe the more lively tune into the dawn when the transformation of the sky shards into butterflies is complete and the valley below is filled with life. And so the Monarch butterfly now begins it’s life feeding on the bitterness of the milkweed but soon transforms into little living sunset full of joy.

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September Gatherings On Muddelty Creek

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The gentle September sun washes over the marsh as I step out from the big blue truck. The melodic calls of the Red-winged Blackbird are notably absent from the soft breezes. Instead I hear the drone of grasshoppers on the edge of water where they can enjoy the tall grass. The swamp roses have shed their pedals and brilliant red orbs have begun to appear in the thorny branches. The Silky Dogwood now sports blue fruit among the reddish leaves all throughout the water’s edge. But God is not finished with the season of growth yet. Amid the fresh spires of cattails the Joe Pye weed is in full glory. The sweet smell of the bloom brings in the butterflies from all directions. They float in on sunbeams resembling shards of stained glass. The bountiful harvest of sweet nectar is gathered by all without jealousy. The bright yellow Swallowtail and spectacular monarch butterflies seem to enjoy fellowship with Pipevine and Spicebush alike. And deeper into the untamed wilderness I see blues and sulphur butterflies along with painted ladies and skippers. All have come to the delta to partake in celebration of last days of summer.

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A Bright Spot In My Day

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She floats in on the warm breeze as I stand on the edge of my forest just enjoying a few minutes of peace and quiet. Like a living stained glass window her beautiful wings are the color of a summer sunset. The light breeze gently shakes the the purple flowers spreading the sweet scent into the air. The monarch butterfly patiently explores each of the little floretas she searches for a sweet meal. The sun seems to smile with joy at the fluttering wings as she stirs up the sweet smell while is feeding. She’s only there for a moment before the breeze carries her on to her next stop. But a moment is all it takes to make a day better.

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Beauty Lingers

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Gently resting in the soft purple flowers the monarch butterfly slowly opens its wings and folds them up again. The steady rhythm is mesmerizing. As I continued to watch I found myself berating in time with the wings. With each pump of wings the day’s stress and negativity just drain away. Science tells us that the reason why a butterfly does this while feeding is because it’s wing muscles are connected to it’s feeding muscles. The reason why we find this so calming is because we’re just as much a part of creation as it is. When we are out in the natural world we instinctively sync up with natural rhythems. Not in some oogie-boogie way but in the same way that water knows it’s course to the sea. If you’re in tune with yourself you’ll notice that when there’s a soft breeze that your heart rate drops a little. When the sun shines we smile more. When wildlife approaches we become still. We might have to be taught how to react but we know that something special is happening.

The Monarch lingers on the bloom long enough for my spirit to completely settle and leave the artificial world of computers behind.

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A Light In The Darkness

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The Monarch Butterfly glides silently to where the sweet scent of the Ironweed eliminates from the shadows. Delicately, she explores the purple flowers for a sip of nectar. Together they are a bright spot in a darkened world. She playfully skips from plant to plant spreading her beautiful wings for only a moment. A moment was all that was needed to be a light in the darkness.

In the world today we have so much darkness that surrounds us. It is easy to allow it to swallow you up. But the light is there if you look for it. Sometimes we ask why the world has so much darkness in it. I think that the answer is so that the light can be better defined.

Believe it or not, you are that light in someone else’s word. It only takes a moment to share a smile and light their lives. Never forget that what you do matters in this world.

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