A Careful Metamorphosis – Poetry by Taylor Engel

Nature Symbolized – Arthur Dove

Did you know that
when the Monarch prepares
to lay its eggs,
it carefully identifies
the milkweed leaf 
which will fuel the larvae? 

The mother stopped by
visions of the anticipated cycle –
first the egg shell is ingested then
its birthplace is turned to sustenance,
until it spins silk into chrysalis,
it travels
from translucency to transparency 
and then stretches into maturity.

This magnificent formation,
begins with 
choosing a suitable leaf.


About the Poet

Taylor Engel is an emerging writer and senior in the Creative Writing program at the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga. She writes from her home outside the city. She is paying attention on purpose.

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