Christmas butterfly

christmas tree

There was a butterfly that came off our Christmas tree

tricked by the central heating into thinking that it was spring

in the scented wood of the displaced fir tree

standing now in our living room to bring

in the festive airs of the season, decorated by baubles,

tinsel, loaded with trinkets of yesteryear’s foibles

it fluttered


the paquet floor


of its chrysalis.

The children were enchanted at first

its beauty added to the magic of the moment and then, dismay!

December’s winter is not for buttrflies

Freed into nature outside

it would not survive

held inside,

how fragile its gossamer wings

alongside the gaudy wrappings,

the trappings of Christmastide!