It was Christmas week, when my friends pointed out my first and only encounter with this Malachite butterfly.
It was so so fresh, its colors vivid and it was calm, remaining where it was for Oh! nearly 25 minutes. Me? I considered whether or not G-d sent this Gem there, for reward for I am not sure what?
I shot away, from different angles, there in that darkened understory of The National Butterfly Center trail, we in Mission, Texas near the border wall with Mexico.
I ask that you compose a short Ode to Malachite.
Would you do that for us?