They said a couple of years ago Monarch butterflies
are making a comeback of sorts. My nature loving Facebook
friends, who notice such things, commented from several locations and posted
photos. But before the celebration for the gets out of hand, ecologists, who should
know, expressed concerns about long-range climate
destruction and the particularly egregious
bulldozing of the National Butterfly
Center in Mission, Texas, a critical preserve, to make way for the Former Resident’s beloved border wall. This year severe drought conditions
in Mexico, Texas, and other
areas along the Monarch’s long migratory path including northern Illinois has stunted and delayed the growth of milkweed, their only food source.
In 2015 Lisa Haderlein, a McHenry County maven of the environment and preserver and restorer of the wild places posted a photo on Facebook. It was taken outside the Starline Gallery in Harvard. It got me to thinking….
The Lovely Corpse
Monarchs, they say, are a dying breed.
Not the superfluous Royals of Windsor
oil rich Arabs.
They will disappear, too,
in their own good time
but are not our business here
I am talking about those golden orange and black
riding marvels that by the millions
hints golden autumn yet to come
their epic migrations
Mexican piney woods.
They are scarcer with every passing year.
Now each sighting is an adventure
spotting some rare songbird
unexpectedly from bough to bough.
They say the warming world is to blame
is tough on common milkweed,
migrant’s only diet.
But if I say it aloud,
some Fox News talking head
will scream that I’m a liar and a
and someone will decide that after
they are illegal immigrants
and likely terrorists to boot
and propose to build a wall net
to ensnare them lest they
infect our purity.
A friend of mine espied one the other day
thought to snap a photo,
the monarch was not on wing
resting on some rare milkweed pod,
splatted against the gleaming grill
Think of all that horsepower
the carbon spewing engine
cooks the atmosphere
kills the milkweed
made this assassination