Strong Delicate Moment

Mother and daughter watched the delicate butterfly land silently on the vibrant pink zinnia. The long stem held the extra weight. No sway, no stagger, sweet nectar flowed from flower to probiscus.

“If I touch her wing, will it break?”
“No”, her mother answered. “But some dusty scales may rub off onto your hand. Her strength is in her wings. Without them she cannot lift herself to fly, and she has many miles to go.”

“She looks so fragile, like she has no bones at all.”
“We all are born with bones, but some who fly grow them on the outside.”
“What about the flower?”
“The strength of the flower is in its roots. The deeper, the stronger they are.”

I guess all bones can weaken.” She sighed as she sat. “Sometimes the great bones of my life feel so heavy.”

Dversepoets.com challenge is to write a prosery. No more than 144-words of prose incorporating a line from a poem. The line here is from a poem by Mary Oliver titled “Spring Azures” in her book “Wild Geese”.

The line is “Sometimes the great bones of my life feel so heavy.”

About Mary (tqhousecat)

I am a wife and a mother of two grown children. I love Jesus and sharing my faith through written words. I currently have a poetry blog and also write on medium.com. My main focus is hope in Christ. I only wish that whoever reads this will be blessed, inspired and occasionally amused.
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18 Responses to Strong Delicate Moment

  1. Beverly Crawford says:

    An interesting study of where strengths are located. Very cleverly written.

    Liked by 2 people

  2. lillian says:

    Perfect title for this lovely mother-daughter moment. I enjoyed this.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. poetrybydebi says:

    Lovely and wistful

    Liked by 1 person

  4. sanaarizvi says:

    I can’t even begin to describe just how beautifully profound this is, Mary! 💝 “The strength of the flower is in its roots. The deeper, the stronger they are.” Yes! 🙂

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  5. Helen Dehner says:

    Lovely prose …. well done!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Love how you describe strengths in ways that we don’t see immediatetely

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  7. Mary, I really like how you ended on that line. I was waiting for it, and it still hit me!

    -David

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