Butterflies and Asters
Each October the blue aster
periwinkle shaded, mustard yellow button
blooms, attracting bees, butterflies, moths
becoming the last open diner on
the highway to winter.
Years past, rains drenched the aster
toppling its lithe stems as it bloomed.
This year drought prolongs the feast
the stems sway gracefully in the warm breeze.
A fluttering above catches my eye.
An orange leaf falling from the indigo sky
except the leaf’s wings flutter and the orange
monarch lands upon the fragrant aster bloom.