Monday, August 11, 2014

Special Feature Collaborative Poem--By Sheri Stanley and Maurice Reynolds--United States

Glorious Papillion

By Sheri Stanley and Maurice Reynolds

Bonjour, mon Papillion, my butterfly,
who rewrites the definition of stunning!
Oh, thou radiant insect, wings and body,
hues spectacularly woven, color 'pon color, vein by vein.

This rainbow to touch and admire -
is almost torture; this urge
to have thee as mine.
Alas, I know thou must go ...

How glorious thee Papillion,
in colors of grace and suave,
fluttering ‘pon luscious vales
of soft floral petals, créatures magnifiques!

Thee like soft vapors owning the summer air
filling the hearts of lovers
inspiring the poet’s lair!
Thine powers majestic, oh, precious butterfly!

Thou lights ‘pon the flower,
daring it to look more appealing than thee!
May I come nearer one moment? I shan't keep thee long,
That I may touch what my eyes see - is all that I ask!

Merci, glorious Papillion! Merci!
No creature shall ever be
more captivating than thee!
Au revoir mon ami.

28 comments:

  1. Cher Sheri and Maurice,

    The beauty of the butterfly is captured so well in your co-write. If a butterfly lands on you, it is like a gift from heaven. Many poems have been written about butterflies as they are among the most radiant of nature's creatures. Congratulations on a delightful co-write, mes amies.

    Bon jour,
    Carolyn

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    1. merci, mon ami ! What a joy to open up Whispers this morning to such beautiful and encouraging comments! Thank you! Sheri

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    2. Carolyn, thank you for the beautiful comment and encouragement. It is truly appreciated. -MJ

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  2. Very well done, makes the butterfly seem almost human, definitely a love poem
    envisioning the beautiful butterfly and its admirer. Wonderful write.

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    1. Merci, Robert! Your comments are wonderful and so much appreciated! Sheri

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    2. Thank you, Robert. It is a blessing to be able to collaborate with such a gifted and dedicated poet in Sheri. Glad you liked the collaboration. -MJ

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    1. Hi Terry. Thanks for stopping by and viewing the collaboration and for leaving some comments. Glad you liked it. -MJ

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    2. Hello, Terry - thanks so much for the comments. Isn't Whispers a great place to visit? Sheri

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  4. A classic. what great talent you have both been gifted. Loved the language, the style and flow. Simply beautiful. Poetry of the highest order. a joy to read.. Well done. best wishes. Pete.

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    1. Thank you, Peter. Your words of encouragement are uplifting and appreciated. -MJ

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  5. Ah, Peter, thank you, sir. It is so much fun to "express in another language" though minimally! Thank you so much! Sheri

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  6. Thank you, Beth Winchcombe, for the following--

    WOW, this is what a collaborative co write is all about. I've read this twice, it's mag-nif-i-cat!

    Beth Winchcombe-ENGLAND

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    1. Hello, Beth! Thanks so much for your wonderfully expressive reaction to this collab! I love your enthusiasm! Thank you again! Sheri

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    2. Hi Beth. Thank you for stopping by and leaving such encouraging comments. Glad you enjoyed the collaboration. -MJ

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  7. Thank you, Arthur Ford, for the following--

    Being a native of New Orleans, I like the inclusion("Special Feature Coll. Poem) of the French language
    in this one, making it as tasteful as gumbo!!!!!!!!!

    arthur c. ford,sr.,poet/editor of "The Pen"(Pittsburgh,PA.)

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    1. Ah, M'sieur Ford, merci many times over, my friend! I, too, love French as well as all other languages. It adds so much to the world's mystique and charm! Thank you so much, mon ami! Sheri / www.poetryandbeyond.net

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    2. Merci, Mr. Ford. Your word of encouragent are a blessing to us. -MJ

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  8. A great collaboration Sheri and Maurice. Your French flair fit perfectly with your subject matter. I love butterflies and your wonderful description was so appealing to my mind and heart, even as is the beauty of a butterfly to my eyes. Thank you for sharing your amazing talents.
    Love, Charlene

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    1. Thank you, Charlene, for the kind comments. Glad you liked the collaboration. -MJ

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  9. Ah, thank you, Madame! Your very own flair for the beautiful butterfly is wonderfully obvious! Thank you, thank you! Sheri

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  10. You have captured the beauty of the butterfly with your lovely poetic words, congratulations to you both Sheri and Maurice. A most enjoyable poem to read.
    Butterfly means rebirth. When my dear friend passed away from cancer, she made it clear to all her family and friends if she reached heaven a white butterfly would appear to us. So it did for many of us, white butterflies are very unusual to view. I can honestly say I have not seen one since I was a child. I have seen many colourful ones but never white. It wasn't hard to believe she had reached heaven, she was a beautiful lady with a beautiful heart and soul. Anna was her name, she was also my neighbour for awhile, so many beautiful memories I have of her. Thank you for the memory! Blessings always, Leokadia

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    1. Leokadia, thank you for the encouraging comments and thank you for sharing about your friend, who seems to be just as beautiful as the butterfly. -MJ

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    2. This beautiful collaboration brought to mind so clearly the flight of the Monarch Butterfly. Fabulous and thank you to both of you!

      Pam

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    3. Hi Pam. Thank you for stopping by and leaving some encouraging comments. Glad you liked the poem. -MJ

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  11. This is a beautiful collaboration, Sheri and Maurice. Butterflies are both attractive and inspiring, and your write goes to prove this. Enjoyed the French vein that gives it an added flavor. Thank you for sharing.....much enjoyed. // paul

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    1. Hi Paul. Thank you for the kind comments. Glad you enjoyed the poem. Blessings! -MJ

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  12. Thank you, Jack Horne, for the following--

    you two write so well together. Lovely piece

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